Last week, we started a two-part article on changes and seasons.
Here are a few quotes that I thought you would enjoy about change and seasons.
“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.”
“Change is inevitable except from a vending machine.”
“Some people change when they see the light. Others change when they feel the heat.” “When you are finished changing, you’re finished.”
“Change is a constant in life, however the only people who seem to like change are babies in dirty diapers.”
“People change but not always together.”
“Attitude is like a flat tire. Change is or you’re not going to go anywhere.”
“You don’t have to change. Survival is not compulsory.”
“The only constant is change.”
Here are some quotes on seasons.
“One thing for certain, two things for sure: People change and life goes on, just like seasons.”
“Every season of growth is rewarded with pruning.”
Perhaps Victoria Osteen has the best quote on relationships and seasons. “I’ve learned in my life that things change. Seasons changes, times change. We take different jobs. Our children grow. So, we need to study the people in our lives and adapt to them, because when we do that, we get more out of our relationships.
To move with confidence through seasons in our lives, we need to understand the process of seasons.
The Bible has much to say about seasons.
Let’s access some wisdom from the One who made seasons for certain reasons. Then we will have a better perspective when things that used to be warm and sunny have turned to cold and cloudy. Truth – Everybody must go through important periods of personal change or seasons in life. You can either go through them or grow through them.
Firstly, seasons are time frames that allow good things to happen in our lives.
Do you see that? Good things.
Look at this verse: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Ecclesiastes. 3:1. A season is an appointed time. A time is an appointed moment. “They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit in each season…” Psalm 1:3. God works in every season. God develops our lives and makes us fruitful and prosperous through all seasons.
Secondly, seasons change per God’s unfolding plan and purpose for us. “He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” Daniel 2:2.
“…You shaped the seasons of summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17.
God made seasons for us. Spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each develops us for our assignments in life. Seasons are for our benefit, not detriment. God asks us to change but He doesn’t always tell us what it will look like.
Thirdly, if we misread seasons, we can lose the good things God has for us. Sometimes it takes a winter to appreciate a summer.
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” Galatians 2:9.
Remember, transition is never to the lessor. Transition is to bigger, better, greater. From the worm to the cocoon to the butterfly.
Lastly, we can develop ‘season sensitivity’ and choose God’s purpose in whatever season we are in. There was a group of people in the Bible that were sensitive to times and seasons. They were called the sons of Issachar. The Bible says they had “understanding of the times” and what Israel should do in those times and seasons. I Chronicles 12:32.
Season sensitivity is important. As I am writing this article, I am in New Zealand. Autumn is on the way. The trees are turning. If you are a vineyard owner right now, you don’t want to be on vacation. You would miss the harvest. Get the message?
God does great things in our lives in all seasons. Enjoy the process and progress during the process. Remember, bigger, better, greater.
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