Seasons change in every life. We know this, yet we are often surprised by them. Some seasons are fruitful. Some are painful. Sometimes the waiting is the most difficult. I’ve been thinking about this lately as I contemplate life in its ever-changing seasons. I take comfort in Paul’s charge to Timothy, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2), because some things never change. God is the same in every season, and so is His Word to us.
There was a similar thought expressed in my Bible Study this week. The group was discussing the difference between “human being” and “human doing”. We were talking about God’s will for our lives in every season. We often think of what God wants us to do, instead of who He has called us to be. The verse says, “Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). This was both a comfort and a challenge to me. A comfort because it takes the pressure off me to discern what initiative or action I need to “do”; A challenge because I often sink to a lesser level in change by allowing it to sap my joy, or stir a grumbling spirit.
My husband brought these home this week:
Aren’t they gorgeous? They brightened up my kitchen, and my heart. Every time I look at them I am reminded of God’s faithfulness in every season. Spring is here again, by God’s grace, and so are the flowers to cheer us. I loved them so much, I decided to paint them. Here is my rendering, what do you think?
I would like to stamp some lettering on, but haven’t decided what yet. I am thinking, “Rejoice Always” or “Rejoice in Every Season”, but I also like, “Be joyful” or “Be Joyful Always”.
What kind of season are you in right now? How does thinking about God’s unchanging Word encourage you? Leave me a comment and tell me which words you like best for my painting.