seasons

1 Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

I know we Christians always talk about seasons. It’s endless. It started in Psalms 1 and we’ve been talking about it ever since.

Seasons are very often annoying. They’re annoying because when we’re in the wrong season, they are sooooo long. Actual seasons are oftentimes shorter than seasons in life. Dealing with a parent’s illness, hoping and praying a spouse will commit to getting counseling with you, trying to raise a rebellious teenager who makes your life miserable – these rough patches can take years.

A while back, I was attending a women’s Bible study and this topic came up. I remember telling one of the gals who was leading it where I was in life and saying “I’m just praying that I learn whatever it is God wants me to learn so we can move on to the next season!”

She nodded thoughtfully and then asked “And what if the next season is harder than this one?”

Ouch.

I had no way of knowing whether the next season of my life would be more difficult than the one I was in at present. And that’s just the thing – we never do.

Once I heard a pastor discussing how we tend to whine about whatever our present season is, saying things like “Man, I’ve just been really struggling these past few weeks!” He went on to remind those of us who were listening that Moses was on the backside of desert for 40 literal years… watching sheep. That is no short amount of time to give one’s life to babysitting Lambert.

Personally, I want to skip levels, have all the cheat codes, be able to do or say the right thing – something that will make magic happen so I don’t have to deal with now.

Instead of stressing ourselves out, hoping and praying to be moved up to the next level of the game, let’s focus on being here and now, working with the talents that we have been given. Jesus wouldn’t have told us that the way was narrow if it wasn’t so. We had fair warning. And just like the actual seasons, we don’t know for sure if what lies ahead will be harder or easier. Let’s focus on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, and run the race set before us – regardless of the weather.

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