“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Eccl. 3:1
I was reading a devotional that mentioned this scripture and it struck me with the current season that I am in. God is the source of all life and He makes everything perfect in its season. I have thought of how certain fruits and vegetables ripen in different seasons. For instance, strawberries are in season in April and May. Similarly in our lives, we go through seasons of maturity where we ripen to what God has called us to do and be. Often times this growth comes out of a time of difficulty and sometimes it comes out of a blessing. Either way, God is faithful to make everything perfect in its season. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes for them. (Rom. 8:28)
What struck me about what Solomon says is that “there is a time” meaning that there is a beginning and an end. A comfort to know when we go through difficult seasons. I know that when we go through difficult seasons, it seems like this time is forever and is moving at a snail pace. However, it says in Psalm 102:11 that “life passes as swiftly as the evening shadows.” In the scripture above Solomon also says “everything” which reveals that God is not surprised, He has seen all that has happened, is happening and will happen. There is no circumstance that He is not aware of and can bring His loving hand to restore and fix.
The key to fully maturing and ripening in any season is to turn to God. We need to determine, accept and value in our hearts God’s perfect timing. When we doubt His timing, we move ahead of God without Him. We should strive to know and love God. He is the giver of wisdom, knowledge and true joy! Every moment and every season is an opportunity to turn back to God to guide us and to continue to mature us into our new season where we will bear much fruit for the Kingdom!