I know that today somebody might be feeling like God isn’t hearing their prayers, but I am here to tell you that he is. When it seems like one moment you’re walking on top of the world and the next the world is on top of you, it’s simply your season changing. Don’t believe me? Then you need to read Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” See, God works in seasons in our life, why do you think we have 4 seasons of weather? The same way we experience the season of winter, spring, summer and fall; we experience seasons in our Christian life. We experience winter when the storms that are raging in our lives cause ice to be on the ground which causes us to slip and fall back into worldly desires. The storm causes power outages, which is the light of God, from shining in our lives to keep us from doing right. The wind blows hard which causes us to turn back to some of the old things we use to do when we weren’t fit to live and too mean to die and the rain causes us to run and hide indoors instead of going to worship service and out into the world to tell folks about the goodness and the mercy of God. Yea, we experience a winter season, in our life, but it’s not meant to take us out it is simply preparing us for the next season, spring.
During the spring season, the storms are still there but they aren’t as bad as winter. Yea, you’ll experience a lot of rain but you’ve got used to it now, so you’re prepared with your rain boots and umbrella. Yea, you still have moments that cause you to hide inside when the thunder is so loud, it rattles the windows but you’re a little more capable of handling it, better than you were in the previous season. See, now when the rain falls in ways of more bills than money, a slight cold, a few gossiping friends and messy family members, you’re able to withstand because your light of God, is no longer out. It may not be shining as bright as it should but it’s still on and you even go to church a few Sunday’s during this season. You’ve started to pray a little now because you don’t feel like all hell is breaking loose in your world and you’ve started to see a little sun shining through the clouds because you read in the bible in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” You realize that even though the rain is falling, it’s still not meant to take you out, just making you a little stronger and preparing you for the next season, summer.
During the summer season, the storm clouds are few and far between and some days you wish for a few just so you can get a little shade from the sun that is shining constantly. You’re no longer hiding on the inside from the rain because you’re going to church more, bible study and Sunday school, you pray more for yourself and others and you even find yourself helping more. You realize that God wasn’t ignoring your requests; he was getting you ready to be able to handle the blessings that he was sending your way. During this season, your praise is more real than it has ever been, your marriage/relationship seems to be going good, the kids are acting right, you got a little money left after paying bills, you got the job you applied for (the one you wanted) and all seems to be well. You’ve had an occasional set-back but you realize that it’s just a set-up for what God has for you, so you don’t allow it to stop your praise. You are really enjoying this season in your life but soon, things start happening. The wind is picking up and it has blown the death angel into your home and he took momma with him. The leaves are falling outside and the tears are falling on the inside because the doctor says cancer. The weather is starting to get a little chilly and so is the relationship between you and your spouse because it seems like things were just going good, now you’re asking, “What’s happening?” The kids are acting up in school, job is stressful and the car keeps cutting off. This isn’t God taking his hands off of you; it’s simply you going into your fall season. See, during this season, the devil is trying to get you to fall so he’s keeping his hands on your back, pushing, but keep reading God’s word that says, “Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand (Psalm 37:24).” Then if you do happen to fall, read Psalm 20:8 that says, “They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” God didn’t say you wouldn’t have moments of falling as long as you get back up. Don’t allow the fall season to take you out because it’s just getting you ready to go into your next season.
There isn’t a certain way our seasons appear and it really doesn’t matter how they come as long as you trust God through them. Don’t give up just because the weight on your shoulders seems to be getting heavier, hold on! Just because the sun isn’t shining all day like it was before, hold on! You weren’t meant to experience a summer of fun all of your life because how would you appreciate the sun without the rain? How would you appreciate not living paycheck to paycheck if you had all you needed all the time? How would you appreciate being well if you were never sick and how can you appreciate having when you’ve never been without? We all experience the different seasons of change but they are not meant to take us out, simply preparing us to face the next one. We don’t all experience them together like we do the seasons of weather but we still experience them. Just know, praise God in and out of your seasons because the SON can still shine when it’s raining! Haven’t you seen the rain falling and the sun shining at the same time, that’s God working. When the weather man says we will experience scattered showers, you can usually drive down the street and it’s raining, but if you keep driving through, the rain stops. Well, it’s the same way with God. If you keep driving through your storm, you’ll eventually drive out onto drive land and although you might not experience the sun because it’s still cloudy, you’re able to see better. Isn’t that good news? All you have to do to experience better visibility and sometimes even the sun, is to keep driving through your storm! God hasn’t given up on you when hard times come, it simply your season changing. Hold on!