Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Seasons


Lately, I have been thinking a lot about seasons. We all go through seasons and yet often we are surprised when we enter a new season. Not just weather seasons, but seasons of life. Sometimes we hang on to the former season in fear of losing the good that emerged in that season. You see this with the Church and the need to hold onto certain programming because it worked well in the past and why change? Or people refuse to enter into a new season because they know that the change will be uncomfortable. You see this when a person decides to make a lifestyle change such as introducing exercise, a career change, or when they decide to "own" their behaviour.

Perhaps the season is a period of rest. A time where you stop the routine and engage in deliberate refocusing of your priorities.

Whatever the season is you know it will not last forever and you can expect the next season to bring change. One of the exciting things about the seasons of life is that from one season to the next, you are building (knowledge, wisdom, relationships, etc.), you are changing and developing character, and prayerfully growing closer to God.
For me, I look for words that stand out to me in a season. I sit quietly with the Lord and let the words flow from my heart. It is always interesting to see what words resonate with my spirit. These words help me see better perhaps where my heart is taking me. If you have been following my blog at all, you will see different seasons of words that have been meaningful to me. When I have these words, I hold them before God and ask Him to lead me...I need the Holy Spirit to lead me (we all do) and this is just one way that I find order out of what seems like chaos in my mind.

Seasons are to be expected. In each season, look to God to lead you. He will provide all that you need and you can be assured that a new season of growth will present itself in God's timing; so make the most of the season you are in - it will help you in the seasons to come.

"season" mentioned in the NIV Bible:

Genesis 1:14And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years,Genesis 1:13-15 (in Context) Genesis 1 (Whole Chapter) - nature

Genesis 31:10"In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled or spotted.Genesis 31:9-11 (in Context) Genesis 31 (Whole Chapter) - reproduction

Exodus 34:21"Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.Exodus 34:20-22 (in Context) Exodus 34 (Whole Chapter) - rest


Leviticus 26:4I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.Leviticus 26:3-5 (in Context) Leviticus 26 (Whole Chapter) - provision

Numbers 13:20How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land." (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)Numbers 13:19-21 (in Context) Numbers 13 (Whole Chapter) - harvest

Deuteronomy 11:14then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil.Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (in Context) Deuteronomy 11 (Whole Chapter) - provision

Deuteronomy 28:12The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.Deuteronomy 28:11-13 (in Context) Deuteronomy 28 (Whole Chapter) - provision

Ezra 10:13But there are many people here and it is the rainy season; so we cannot stand outside. Besides, this matter cannot be taken care of in a day or two, because we have sinned greatly in this thing.Ezra 10:12-14 (in Context) Ezra 10 (Whole Chapter) - hindrance

Job 5:26You will come to the grave in full vigor, like sheaves gathered in season.Job 5:25-27 (in Context) Job 5 (Whole Chapter) - ending

Job 6:17but that cease to flow in the dry season, and in the heat vanish from their channels.Job 6:16-18 (in Context) Job 6 (Whole Chapter) - wilderness

Job 38:32Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?Job 38:31-33 (in Context) Job 38 (Whole Chapter) - expectation

Psalm 1:3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.Psalm 1:2-4 (in Context) Psalm 1 (Whole Chapter) - prosperity

Psalm 104:19The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.Psalm 104:18-20 (in Context) Psalm 104 (Whole Chapter) - routine

Proverbs 20:4A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.Proverbs 20:3-5 (in Context) Proverbs 20 (Whole Chapter) - ignorance

Ecclesiastes 3:1[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:Ecclesiastes 3:1-3 (in Context) Ecclesiastes 3 (Whole Chapter) - appointment

Song of Solomon 2:12Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.Song of Solomon 2:11-13 (in Context) Song of Solomon 2 (Whole Chapter) - rejoicing

Jeremiah 5:24They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'Jeremiah 5:23-25 (in Context) Jeremiah 5 (Whole Chapter) - rejection

Jeremiah 8:7Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the LORD.Jeremiah 8:6-8 (in Context) Jeremiah 8 (Whole Chapter) - duty

Ezekiel 34:26I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.Ezekiel 34:25-27 (in Context) Ezekiel 34 (Whole Chapter) - blessing

Daniel 2:21He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.Daniel 2:20-22 (in Context) Daniel 2 (Whole Chapter) - divine intervention

Mark 11:13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.Mark 11:12-14 (in Context) Mark 11 (Whole Chapter) - barrenness

Acts 14:17Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."Acts 14:16-18 (in Context) Acts 14 (Whole Chapter) - provision

Galatians 4:10You are observing special days and months and seasons and years!Galatians 4:9-11 (in Context) Galatians 4 (Whole Chapter) - reflection

2 Timothy 4:2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.2 Timothy 4:1-3 (in Context) 2 Timothy 4 (Whole Chapter) - preparation

Titus 1:3and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,Titus 1:2-4 (in Context) Titus 1 (Whole Chapter) - obedience

1 comment:

ken said...

Amazing images on these posts! Where do you get these?

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