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  • Writer's pictureKandi Swift

Seasons Change

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."

Ecclesiastes 3:1, ESV

This past Saturday marked the official first day of spring. It’s the season we experience near-perfect temperatures and the best kind of weather for family outings, kite-flying and planting flower gardens. I love spring. But no matter which season it is, we know it won't last forever.

Our God is a God of seasons, and a God of order. The bible tells us there is a time and a season for everything under the sun. Just as weather marks a season of change in a particular order – winter, spring, summer and fall – life also has its seasons and order.

Winter can be cold and cruel. The grass withers, the flowers lose their bloom, leaves on the trees dry up and fall off. Things die.

Then comes spring. The weather is beautiful, even perfect. And, almost without any effort, life begins to spring forth. Birds chirp happily with each morning’s sunrise. The grass becomes green again. Flowers begin to display their colors more beautifully than before, and the trees stand to attention as they greet the sun.

Here comes summer …. need I say more? Living in Phoenix, I might be able to say it’s possibly the closest comparison to hell there is. Hot. Dry. Miserable. Our only mission is to find shade, and some sort of relief from the blazing sun. And …. things die.

Finally, fall approaches, marking the transition from summer to winter. It’s almost as though life slows down. Leaves on the trees change color, it’s peaceful. The weather becomes brisk, and there’s a sort of anticipation in the air – this is the season of harvest. And then it starts all over again.

Every season has its purpose to either bring growth or prepare the way for growth. Although winter may seem harsh, it prepares the earth for the season to come, the season where new life sprouts up. Whether this happens to be a cold and dreary season in your life, or one heated with trials and tests, remember the order and that every season comes to an end. Spring – full of life and all things new, or fall – full of harvest, and reaping what we’ve sown – is just around the corner. I am in awe at how great and wise our God is, and how He layers each difficult season with a season of newness and rest. He makes all things new and causes everything to work together for good for those who love Him.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-22

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Psalm 1:1-3


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