Finding God In Every Season
Recently, I was asked to house-sit for my friends and one of the days, I peered out of the window and saw a tree with beautiful, different colored leaves. "Wow, I guess the fall season does happen in Florida. It just happens in November," I thought to myself. Where I was raised, up in Long Beach, New York, we have fall in September and October, not usually the end of November.
Despite the fact that I have been at this house probably fifty times plus, I had never realized the leaves on the tree. And as this was going on, I felt the Lord speaking to me about the beauty in finding Him in all seasons. Sometimes, the times and seasons we were so used to, change. And we have to learn to realize where He is, even though the sunrises, sunsets, days and months change, for each season. People often talk about seasons and for a while, I thought they were the cause for ups-and-downs in the Christian walk. But in this moment, I realized, that is not the truth. Ups-and-Downs occur because we take our eyes off of God, for one reason or another, and usually focus on something that is not life-giving at all.
"Jesus said, 'I am the vine and you are the branches, whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." - John 15:5
For me, summer is my favorite season. The weather is warm, the ocean is warm, people seem friendlier and life is just more apparent. But on a dietary scale, there some amazing fruits. My favorite is cantaloupe; grapes, watermelon, blueberries and raspberries are not too far behind. But that is only for the summer season. If I was to try and grow and eat any of those fruits in the winter, they would A) not grow B) taste horrible. This is due to the temperatures, the richness of the soil and the amount of sunlight needed to create this fruit. But after summer, comes fall. And in the fall, we have apples, sweet potatoes and pears.
What I am trying to get at, is different fruits come in different seasons. When we go into these seasons, instead of walking into them with fear, based on how we have dealt with times in the past, we can think, "Where in this season, did I see God last time?" I believe that as we sing songs calling for the presence of the Lord, we would stay open to His presence. His Spirit is not always gonna feel like a cool breeze, it could be warm. It may not always be uncontrollable laughter, it may be feeling like we are about to die because we are in the presence of the Holy Holy Holy King. It may not be loud feelings, it may be found in the stillness and quiet.
Our God has been called the Creator, the Redeemer, a Lion, a Lamb, the King of Kings, a Consuming Fire. I am sure there are more in the Bible but I can only think of a few. But this whole reality is taking me to a new realization. King David writes Psalm 23 and seems to be in the midst of seasons, experiencing different personalities of God, all which are always good and right.
"He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters." - Psalm 23:2
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." - Psalm 23:4
For ultimate successes in this life and walk following after Jesus, I pray, that we all learn to find Him in all seasons. As Paul says, rejoice always! Honestly, my perspective is, Paul found God is everything. Which gave him the ability to rejoice always. He knew life in Jesus and was not leaving His life-source. May we all move forward and find the Lord in all seasons.
We ask for your presence to be known in all of our seasons. Whether dark or light, we pray and ask, with faith and trust, that you will never leave us. I thank you for realizations and I ask for more awareness of your love, life and presence in my life during all storms, trials, and seasons. It is in your Holy, Saving name, I pray.