Seasons

Our world is teaming with seasons. Our first thought, when we hear the word “season” is probably spring, summer, fall, and winter. (I’m NOT talking about food!) However, in Alaska there is a salmon season, in New England there is the maple sugaring season, in the tropics there is a dry season, in America’s Southwest there is the North American monsoon season, and of course there is baseball season, football (all kinds) season, basketball season, and on and on. In the Old Testament there was even a season when kings went off to war.

One thing that all seasons have in common is that the season has something uniquely, abundantly available. It might be other kings to fight or other sports teams to play. It might be winter snow, fish, syrup, sun or rain. Whatever the season, only during that season is that thing available in abundance.

When Christians discuss their walk with Jesus we often discover that there are seasons in our life in Christ. There will be “seasons of prayer” when we think we’ve prayed for five minutes and it has been 50 minutes. At other times it may be the reverse. There are times when we are in spiritual battles and other times when our briefest, whispered prayer is resoundingly answered by our Heavenly Father.

I often wish God would share His calendar with me. It would be so nice to open my Google Calendar and see, “Your season of spiritual warfare begins next week.”

However, of all the seasons in all the aspects of life, in all the world, there is no season more important than the one referenced in Isaiah 55:6-7 (ESV):
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
7 let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Of all the spiritual benefits with which God desires to bless people, none is as great as salvation. However, even salvation has a season. For we know the last verses of the parable of the ten virgins says, “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:11-13)

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