To every thing there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)
If you live in New England, you know there are four major topics around every dinner table. They are religion, politics, sports and, of course, the unpredictable weather.
We are in an unpredictable weather pattern now that has many people whining, complaining, and threatening to move any place there is sunshine. I may have joined that conversation myself a time or two but we won’t talk about that.
I’m not so thrilled about snow in April and 20 degree weather. I was ready to open the pool and plant flowers weeks ago, however, it’s just a season.
Seasons come and seasons go. No season lasts forever, unless of course, you choose for it to last forever.
Have you ever felt stuck in a season of life? Here are three ways to thrive when you are in a season that doesn’t seem to want to end.
1. Think About What You Are Thinking About
How are you spending your thought life? Are you solely focused on where you are, how bad it is, or how you will never get out of this season? Are you staying awake at night thinking that no one has it as bad as you do or that God has forgotten you?
For as he thinks within himself, so is he. Proverbs 23:7 (TLV)
Change the channel on your thoughts and think about what God says about the season you are in.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
We all gravitate toward our most dominant thought - what’s on your mind today?
2. Remember that Seasons are Time-Dated
There is a beginning and an end to every season. Right now, it seems that the winter and the snow do not want to go away, but eventually, it has to. We have four distinct seasons which means there is a beginning and an ending to each one. So are the seasons in our lives.
We know that winter comes every year and we know that there are winter seasons in our lives that visit us as well. The best thing to do is to prepare for them because they will come to us all.
How do I prepare for the winter seasons of life? By having a thriving, fresh relationship with God and filling our eyes, ears, and heart with His forever settled Word. We live by every Word that has come out of the mouth of God. Everyone has opinions, but the only opinion that matters is what God has said. His Words are Spirit and they are life!
Seasons change, but God’s Word is forever settled!
3. Don’t Forget That Life Happens In Seasons
If you have children, remember when they were small and all you could dream of was a full night of sleep? What a luxury that seemed to be. But now that they are grown and gone, the house seems really quiet and you long to have those earlier seasons again.
The devil is a thief and he has come to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) He is not just interested in physically wiping you off the planet. He is more interested in depriving you of the quality of life Jesus died to give you. He died to give you a life that is full and better than you ever dreamed of.
If we get stuck in any one season, good or bad, we will never experience the full and better life that has been prepared for us.
Whatever season you find yourself in today, remember that you are just passing through. Allow His joy to be your strength and be confident that the Spring and Summer are coming and everything will look and feel different than it does right now.