If I have learnt anything in my walk with God, it is that he is a God that works in seasons. On the journeys with him, he starts us out gently, gradually building us up bit by bit until we our knowledge of him is built on a solid rock foundation. God works meticulously in our lives, laying brick upon brick through trials and testing. An easy journey, it isn’t; but it gets easier the more we start to identify patterns of his dealings. The journey gets easier when we understand what season we are in, it certainly makes every trouble transient and every mountain top experience even more enjoyable. Upon closer examination, we start to see the beauty in the seasons of our lives reflected perfectly in nature. That is the beauty of God shared with us.
In Psalm 19:1-4, King David praises all the works of God “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. Without speech or language, without a sound to be heard, their voice has gone out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun.” The existence of God is evident in his creation, to know that is to love him. He made all the seasons for our service and enjoyment. Romans 1:20 tells us “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.“
I am currently down in Texas enjoying time with my extended family. Here, the weather is still sweltering hot while back home on the East Coast where I have my nuclear family, it has already cooled down considerably. In such changes, I see the glory of God reflected in these seasons. It’s a privilege I very much appreciate and count as a blessing. And so, as I enjoy time with my siblings here, I leave you with this beautiful poem titled ‘God in the seasons’, written by Joanna Fuchs. Let us remember that we can give thanks to God in every season of nature as well as in every season of our life. There is beauty to be enjoyed from him no matter the season.
God in the Seasons
In Spring we are reminded
of the magnificence of Your creation,
as the earth is covered in verdant green,
with splendid splashes of color,
and we witness birth everywhere,
of animals bearing their young,
of buds turning into leaves and flowers
and our own moods being reborn
with renewed energy and life.
in Summer, we remember
the warmth of Your love for us
and the light of Your goodness.
Both are everywhere for those who look.
Thank You for butterflies,
birds and wildlife for us to enjoy,
water to swim in,
and weather that frees us to romp and play
while outdoor pleasures are at their peak.
In Fall, we thank you for Your cooling breezes,
that bring relief from the relentless summer heat.
We see bright colors fading and dying,
leaves turning brown, crisp, disintegrating,
only to be reborn next year,
reminding us that every living thing, including us,
must die in some way before being reborn.
In Winter, as white snow blankets the ground,
we are reminded of Your purity and Your perfection.
The complexity and beauty of each single snowflake
only hints at Your transcendent intelligence and creativity.
We hunker down and snuggle in,
knowing this season will wind down
and Spring will reappear, as it always has
because You created an orderly, predictable universe,
not by chance, but from your flawless design.
Thank You for the seasons, Lord,
and everything in them
that You created for our enjoyment.
By Joanna Fuchs