We live in a world with four named seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Each of these seasons has its own distinctions and most people have a particular favourite season. In the UK we have a maritime climate which doesn’t have huge temperature ranges across the year meaning the distinction between the seasons can be blurred. Countries which have a more continental climate such as Bulgaria experience large climate swings over the year and these give very distinct seasons. Snow and freezing cold in winter, a big thaw in spring often accompanied by wet weather. Summer is hot and largely dry, while in autumn the temperature cools and the trees start to lose their leaves. You are usually in no doubt as to what time of the year you are in.
Likewise the Bible tells us there are different seasons for human activities, and that we must embrace these (even the challenging ones) and that they are all (like the weather) ultimately under God’s control:
3 For everything
there is a season, a time
for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NLT
In all seasons of our lives we need to trust the Lord and recognise that He has ultimate authority over everything and will at the right time bring us into His presence where we will know perfect peace and joy.