Take Down the Christmas Lights!

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Sorry in advance if I offend you in saying this, but it drives me crazy to see Christmas lights still strung up on the front porch in any month but December. I guess it can slide for the whole winter season, but seriously if it’s past February it’s time to move on and take down the Christmas lights!

This annoyance happens to bring a verse to mind that we’re going to take a look at today:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (Ecc. 3:1-8)

Yesterday while on a walk in the new crisp air outside, I began to think about the seasons of year and how they so closely represent the seasons we often go through in our life. Spring: a time in our life where new things come forth, new normals are made, we start fresh again. Summer: a time in our life where things are in their prime, but eventually the heat brings on weariness. Fall: a time where life begins to change, a place of transition. Winter: a time of loneliness or void, where things that once were are no longer.

There is a season for everything under the sun. But often we don’t want to admit we are in, and we certainly don’t want to go through Fall and Winter. We like things to be somewhat predictable, change is scary at times, loss can lead us into a time of such darkness and self misery, that we would rather avoid it all together than go through it. But just like our four seasons are necessary to the physical environment, seasons are also necessary in our life.

There is a young lady who I am currently mentoring. She is in between Fall and Winter right now in her life. She has just transitioned out of a normal and happy place that she has been for the past four years and is stepping into a new environment that she neither wants nor likes. The recently past life is falling, changing into a new life that God has for her but she cannot quite see. Because of the unknown, she is afraid to move forward. To allow herself to grieve the fact that this chapter of her life is finished and it’s time to move on to the new season God is preparing.

As much as we hate the thought of living in a constant winter, it can become quite comfy.  We get used to our loneliness or anger or fear, and to let go of it and move on can be just as scary as when it was first thrown upon us.

The times of Winter in our lives are not meant for us to hibernate like the bears; to shut out the world and sleep away the void, rather it’s a time we should be hibernating in God’s word. By doing this we are allowing God to pour into us what He knows we will need for that next season in our life. The Winters in our lives can be overwhelmingly hard: a loved one has died, you or someone you love is diagnosed with a disease, a miscarriage, a divorce, a child moving away, leaving home and friends for the first time…..the list could go on and on. But isn’t it something how in the season that represents death and coldness and void is also the season God chose to send the Savior, the Resurrector, the New Life giver!

Praise God that we are not alone in our seasons! God is right there. He is with you in the Spring when all things are new and maybe a little unsure. He is with you in your prime when it all seems so beautiful. He is with you in the Fall when life begins to transition. And He is with you in the Winter, when you can no longer feel the warmth of life or the newness just a few months away.

Allow yourself to go through the seasons of life. They are needed. To reference back to our verse in Ecclesiastes, there is a season for everything and in every season you will find God is right there. But just as important as it is to go through each season it is also important that we don’t stay in a season. That doesn’t mean that what we move on from is forgotten, it just means we are trusting in God for each new step. So don’t be like the people who leave their Christmas lights up all year long, refusing to move on from certain times in your life, but be willing to allow God to heal your heart, to move you on, to put away the Christmas lights and step into your new season.

God Bless you today and I pray you are able to give God everything in each season of your life.

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