The turning of the seasons is, of course, well known; we are not strangers to the idea of natural shifts in weather (even if there is a concerning imbalance brewing). We missed posting on Earth Day - a serious omission, in our view, as being good stewards of the great gifts God has given us in his Creation is truly a central tenet of the faith. Moreover, the theme of seasons is found echoing down chapter and verse in the Holy Bible. Whether it is earthly seasons related to planting and harvest or spiritual seasons of one-and-the same, the messages are clear: change is an unchanging element in life - even as God never changes. God's time is his own, and we are called to wait patiently, even as we work and serve. This is striking information, and we feel drawn to heed it.
Let us look at one famous verse from the Book of Ecclesiastes (KJV)...
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
There is something deeply stirring and yet calming in those words from scripture. This passage recounts the trials and blessings of our lives, and reminds us to wait on the God who loves us - and whom we can trust, always, to love us. His provisions for this journey are impeccable and perfect, in no matter what season we find ourselves. It can be a season of work or of weeping, of progress or peace...and God is with us, every step, every turn. He is the God of darkness and light, present in the deepest midnight and the brightest noon. He is the God of love and grace, walking with us down every path, be it in shadowy forest or sunlit meadow. Therefore, as spring lifts our spirits and brightens our world, let us honor this season and our God as time and life continue to unfold before us. Let us remember: He hath made everything beautiful in his time...