Change in Season’s Creating Trials of Life
Hello friends, lately times have been very trying for me. Mostly mentally. As I stare outside, I see my beautiful flowers dying; time passing each day, there season is ending. My beautiful garden looks overwhelmed by the drop in temperatures; like me, the changes are very disconcerting.
I think I will call times like these, “a change in season.” “Why does things change?” I asked the Holy Spirit, and he reminded me of the seasons. Spring, summer, fall, and winter; just as our outside environment changes, so does humanly life have its own seasons for change.
The most important thing that he reminded me of was that with God there is always hope and his grace. Remember: during the warming months of spring and summer, colorful flowers
sprout out, and run their course delighting us with their beauty. In the fall, warm beautiful colors emerge, giving us comfort in simplicity. In the fall some plants die out, while others prepare themselves for the cold winters; and when they come back next year they are stronger than before. Even in the winters too, there is beauty in the ice-covered trees.
I will spare you the dullness of my trials; I assure you it is nothing more than any others are experiencing. But for sure, things are not going to be the same when life calms a bit. A change in season is a good thing, if you allow God to direct it. Sometimes things need to die out, to allow the space for better things. There are two choices: I can freely except my seasons, or I can stay in my own stubborness, and wallow in my depression and hopelessness.
Hopefully, though, a little smarter than I was last time I went through a season in life, I realize now, I must continue strong in the faith in God; casting out the old feelings of depression, hopeless thoughts, and wanting to escape my environment. Now I understand, it up to me how I go through my seasons. Nevertheless, I know I cannot, and neither can you, allow the trials in life to get me down; stifling out the vision given by God, and the good left in this world.
I know personally of the love of God now, and he will help me (and you) through our change in seasons; if we ask him. His word says, in Philippians 4: 6-8 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Now during my change in season, to help me combat the undesirable thoughts, I meditate on God’s word; then the Holy Spirit prompts me to read the stories in the bible. As I study them, he places visions in my mind, and the bible comes alive; my love and trust in God grows and my concerns grow less important.
Did you know the bible has stories of love, romance, courage, wealth, wars, witchcraft, magic, and others; all building a multitude of genres within one book?
It has thrillers, spiritual, fantasy, women’s, romance, mystery, and even parts that are scary to entertain me; alleviating the pessimism bombarding me through my mind. Then, I have no desire or time to worry or feel bad, because I immerse myself into the lives of the people in the bible; learning from them and also realizing their mistakes. There is so much in that one book. (A secret: the beautiful representations he gives me, I use the images in my books.)
Finally, I lean on the words, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” Philippians 4:13. And I glorify him because I know when I make it through this change in season, there is a blessing waiting for me. It may not come the next day, next week, or even in the same month, but if I am patient, and continue seeking him, through Jesus, I will see it manifest. Mostly in ways, I did not expect. James 1:4 (KJV) “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”
Remember the seasons (trials); they can all be beautiful in their own way if we allow God help us through them.
He is not particular with who he loves. Through Jesus, everyone is the same, regardless.