Spring is coming and the birds chirping outside my window is a representation of that change. Their joyous singing tells us of the coming season change. This change means warmer weather, longer days and more activity. It is a time of renewed promise and hope.
Much as the seasons change, we also have seasons in our lives. It is important to know what season you are in so that you know how to prepare. In many ways, it is just like the weather changes. When the weather cools you wear warmer clothing and as the weather warms up, you wear cooler clothes. Knowing what season you are in allows you to prepare your body and mind for the change.
What Season are You In?
Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 goes into great detail in explaining that there is a season for everything. There is time for the good and the bad.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Did you notice that it doesn’t just say that there is a time for good and a time for bad? It also says there is a purpose!
So, what season are you in? Is it a time to prosper or a time to want? Is it a time for sickness or for healing? Knowing the answers to these types of questions can be important to knowing what you might expect from each day.
For the past 3 years, I have been in a season of sickness. My occasional Hemiplegic Migraines have become a daily occurance. I had to quit working, I can no longer drive, I am homebound and on my worst days, in bed. My life has completely changed. It has been a difficult season of illness but also of fighting depression, frustration and trying to find a purpose.
The Importance of Finding Purpose
I don’t know about you but knowing that there is a reason for something means there is hope. No matter how hard something may be, knowing there is a purpose for it makes it a little easier to swallow.
As my health has declined, trying to feel productive in some capacity has become important. In an effort to raise awareness of Chronic Illness, I started a blog called The Frozen Mind. I shared my faith on this blog and talked about how my faith has helped me through my Chronic Illness. That post led to this blog!
God is now using both of the blogs to reach people. Through my writing, God is making a purpose out of my struggle!
How to Prosper in a Season of Hardship
It is easy to give into the taunts of the enemy and believe that a season of hardship will last forever. It is hard is to look deep within yourself to find what the purpose may be. Finding an ounce of joy amongst the sorrow is what will hold you together on your darkest days.
Where do you find that joy? Look within the promises that are in God’s Word. Read the words, pray the words and seek God through them. In doing these things, God will show you how to face the obstacles that lay within your current season.
So, what season are you in?