How Should We Move Through the Seasons?
There is a literal and metaphorical message in the idea of seasons. The literal idea is that the four seasons demarcate specific times of the year where physical changes in nature occur. Every season, winter, spring, summer, fall, all convey specific images.
Animals migrate depending on the season. Leaves may fall, flowers may bloom. And people decide to travel to certain vacation spots.
People too witness their own physical seasons, childhood, adolescence, adulthood.
While there are many physical changes to seasons, the metaphorical idea of seasons is much more spiritual.
From a spiritual standpoint, there are seasons in our lives where we alternate in our relationship to God and to sin. The person who struggles with addiction may experience a season of living in sin before turning to a life for Christ.
A person who feels disconnected from God for a time can come into a season where they feel close.
While recognizing the seasons of our lives is important and useful, God is unchanging. So is His Word (Matthew 24:35).
“So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)
We do not always foresee the changes that lead us into different seasons of life. One day we may find ourselves excited at our latest promotion, only to lose our significant other to cancer the next week.
There are signs to the spiritual seasons, but never a time limit. An elder from church referred to the acknowledgment of temporal things in life as noticing the “bugs on a windshield.” While the bugs are visible, the destination you are heading toward is up ahead.
The bugs indicate the challenges in life or the things that bring you joy. Your destination is God. Will you become distracted by the contents on your windshield or will you keep your eyes fixed on God?
Whatever bugs land on your windshield, don’t forget where you are going or who you want to become in order to live out a Christ-like existence.
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