SEIZE THE DAY
THE CHRISTIAN CONNECTION
BY MYRA F. SMITH
BIBLE VERSE: “There is a time for everything, and everything on earth has its special season.” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1…The Inspirational Study Bible)
What can the four seasons tell us about life? What lessons can we learn from them? We understand that the cyclic change on earth from summer to fall, fall to winter, and winter to spring, causes the earth to experience death, nourishment, growth, and new life. Does any of this sound familiar?
How many times do we hear, “I’m sick and tired of winter. I want it to be warm!” Then, a few months pass and we say, “I can’t stand this heat. Will it ever rain again?” Listen again to the words of the apostle Paul after being imprisoned, shipwrecked, and threatened with death. He said: “I have learned to be satisfied with the things I have and with everything that happens.” (Philippians 4:11…ISB)
Wait just a minute, Paul. Satisfied with EVERYTHING that happens? Satisfied with loss of fortune; loss of loved ones, family and friends? Satisfied to be hungry, cold, lonely, or sick? HOW?
Look again at God’s plan for the earth. See the bleak, cold days of winter rest the earth in preparation for the bloom of spring. See the heat of summer warm the trees, soon to be tossed by strong winds and become dormant. See the cold, hard earth rest before another season of rebirth.
There is a reason for our dark, dreary days. They prepare us for a second chance at growth, joy, and new possibility. And these joyful, growing seasons give us hope when cold winds blow and showers fall.
God’s gift to us is the present. Open it with joy, and be content.