To Everything There Is a Season

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For most of the US, spring is either here or rapidly approaching. The air is slowly getting warmer, the daylight hours are longer and trees are budding and wildflowers are showing off their colors.  As a farmer, spring signals the start of a new season, winter crops are producing well but won’t last much longer. Summer crops need seeded, spring crops need transplanted, strawberries need weeding and the list goes on. At times like these,  it’s easy to get overwhelmed as everything needed to be done yesterday and new jobs keep coming up. Life is like farming; there are bills to pay, a home to clean, a car to maintain, a yard to mow etc. However, with all that goes on in our busy lives, we don’t have to be worried or stressed out because God’s children can trust everything happens in due season.

Let’s take a look at Genesis 1. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 ESV). Think about that. God had a huge task ahead of him, and He made a plan and followed through every step of the way.  Looking at the Creation Week, we see order: light illuminated the dark space, God separated the land from the water, then came the plant life, sea life and birds and animals. When all this was done, God said “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26).  After everything was ready and in its place, God created His final masterpiece for the week: man. And after a time, He created out of man a companion – woman. Everything God did, He did with purpose and forethought; nothing was left to spur of the moment decisions.

The Bible says that everything has its own season. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV). None of us went from toddlers to adults over night, or skipped over college to walk across the stage to get our diploma without putting in the work.  If you have ever planted a garden or watched a deciduous tree go through the seasons of the year then you know that nature takes its time and never hurries. There is no instant gratification in nature. Planting a little seed in the ground, one wonders how it will ever survive to grow and produce fruit, let alone send up a tiny sprout, but it does. The very act of burying that seed in the ground allows for biological changes to happen that could never happen properly,  if the seed were left on top of the ground. The growth that the little seedling endures through each stage of life, prepares it for the next step.

In nature, all good things take time and it’s worth the wait till it’s ready. When life bogs us down, maybe it’s time to remember that we might be in the stage where “the seed” is underground and a growing process has just begun. While we are waiting for the “seeds” to grow, let’s keep watering them with the Word, keeping our face to the Son. “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:6).


Seth Shaffer