Yes, you saw it right, and I’m not being grammatically incorrect. I know we normally say, season’s greetings because of the Christmas Season, but today I want to offer you seasons’ greetings because of all the seasons God has given to us.
The other morning as I was taking a run, it was dark out and the houses were still lit with their festive Christmas bulbs. One house in particular caught my eye because of the massive sign out front that said, “Jesus is the Reason for the Seasons.” Now, I’ve seen the quote, many times I might add, that “Jesus is the Reason for the Season,” but that was the first time I had ever noticed the ‘s’ on the word seasons. It got me thinking, as usual, so much so, that I got lost in my thoughts about seasons and how Jesus, really, is the reason for all seasons.
In the beginning, the beginning of the Bible, that is, God noted how they created the seasons.
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.” Genesis 1:14-15 (italicized by me)
This word season is being used to mean appointed times. These can be appointed times of the year or appointed times of life.
Later in the Scripture, God goes on to explain these appointed times through His servant, David’s son, Solomon.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, 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 for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Maybe, today, you woke up in the Christmas season, but you aren’t feeling joyful or Christmasy, instead, you are mourning the loss of a loved one, stressing over your finances, hungry for something beside Ramen noodles, or just fed up with the people around you. So, you find yourself in the middle of 2 seasons, and God planned for and created both of them. (Or maybe all of them if you are dealing with multiple.)
God uses each season to grow us, strengthen us, encourage us, and most importantly, to draw us closer to Him. And in each, there is reason to be thankful, even when you can’t see the reason amongst the baggage of the season.
At this time, I find myself in a season of change, my last season was one of seeking, and the season before that was filled with loss and mourning. But within each of these seasons I have found reason to be grateful, reasons to greet each season in, and the reason Jesus brought each new season upon me. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I have my favorite seasons: Spring and Easter, Winter and Christmas, laughter and learning, speaking and loving, BUT God has made even my worst seasons worthy of His praise.
So, whatever season you find yourself in…RIGHT NOW…I Hope to be the first person to wish you SEASONS’ Greetings.
With all my Love.