Well it looks like spring has finally arrived. The weather is warming up. The air conditioner is being cranked up at my house. The winter coats and jackets are being stored away in the closet. The grass is growing (actually more weeds on my lawn are coming up but the grass is soon to follow. Thankfully, my lawn mower started up a few weeks ago after being idle during the winter). The air is being filled with pollen (not necessarily a welcome site for allergy sufferers). The days are getting longer. Baseball season has started.
In retrospect, living just north of Birmingham, Alabama, this really wasn't a bad winter. We had a couple of threats of ice and snow. I think on occasion the temperature did reach around twenty degrees or so. But all in all, winter was not bad at all.
Yet, sometimes wintertime is brutal with severe cold. I can remember one year when the temperature plummeted to single digits in the 1980's. As a matter of fact, several small lakes on my commute to work completely froze over. It was a time when I basically went to work and then bundled up as soon as I got home. There was no thought about lingering outside...it was just too cold. Much of life was put on hold until the temperature started to climb.
Nevertheless, on March 21st, as it does every year, spring arrived. What a welcome site to many! The seasons still seem to come at their appointed intervals.
Life is also full of seasons. There are those times when life is cold, dark and bitter, similar to the winter. All you can do is bundle up and hold on. On the other hand, there are refreshing times in life like spring. The flowers are growing, the birds are singing, there is a sound of joyous laughter in the air. Perhaps we would not appreciate spring so much if it had not been for the harshness of winter.
So, ultimately we should rest in the seasons which God provides. Whether we are in a season of sickness and sorrow or a season of joy and happiness, it is all part of the seasons of the soul. Michael and Stormie Omartian have a great song entitled, you guessed it, "The Seasons of The Soul". Check it out below: