“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven, a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up, a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance, a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away,a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak, a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-7.
There are seasons that are seen in nature all around us. We know when spring comes along because the flowers begin to show their bright colors and leaves.
Within a few months the temperatures rise and the trees have all of their leaves and green is everywhere. We also experience different seasons in our lives as well.
However, just because a new season is evident in nature around us, that doesn’t mean that a person is also going through that season.
For even as the season of fall or winter ensues, this doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is shedding certain things in their life.
I believe that this is an assumption that many in the prophetic or teaching realm seem to omit. You see, we’re all different from each other, and just because someone is birthing certain things in their life and it just happens to be spring, that doesn’t mean that others are also experiencing new growth or seeing some things blossom.
During the winter months we are often told that this is the time for consideration of our roots as the cold winds blow and the trees’ foliage is gone.
Certainly it is true that often this is case for us as people as well. For during this season we consider our lives and reflect upon the many things that have taken place throughout the year and in the past. And yet some may experience a completely different type of season at this time.
There is also a consideration made concerning the season of The Church. I don’t mean here the liturgical seasons that take place in some denominations, but rather, where we as a people are during these last days that we find ourselves in now.
And yet even as there may or not be a collective season for people, my main focus here is upon the individual and how we all experience different seasons in our lives that are unique to each of us.
I certainly find as I’m sure that many of you do as well, that when children grow up and move out of the house, that then a definite season occurs.
This is the time that many couples experience a real change because now the children are gone and communication may cause all kinds of problems and difficulties. Maybe someone experiences a mid-life crisis or maybe they simply just stay in it and even leave.
Certainly when a spouse dies or one goes through a divorce, then one experiences a drastic change and another season takes place.
Now that person needs to learn how to live alone and will experience loneliness and other things. But in time, new strength is gathered and a definite independence happens as many things are handled alone.
All of us go through many seasons in our lives. Each one is different and unique. But just as a tree goes through all of the four seasons each year, hopefully we are learning the lessons of life and developing strong and sturdy limbs and roots for the days ahead.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?