Monday, February 17, 2014

"They End When They Are Over"

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1
The weather here has been much colder this year than usual. We have had snow, ice and record breaking temperatures. I have heard so many people say that they will be glad when warmer weather comes, how tired they are of the cold, or how they wish it would hurry and get over. It may be an extreme winter, but it is winter. The winter season is suppose to be cold. 
There are seasons in our lives, not just in nature. Like the four seasons- spring, summer, fall and winter- each season brings its own characteristic. Spring brings new life. Summer is hot. Fall things begin to transition. Winter is cold. Each of the four seasons have to "run their course" before they give way to the next one. It is the same with the seasons of our lives. We want certain "seasons" to "hurry and change", but they have to run their course as well. 
I much prefer the summer season. My least favorite is winter, and I look forward to it being over. But winter is needful to the earth. In life I don't enjoy the seasons of testing and trials, (I much prefer the seasons of peace and prosperity) but they are needful. The point I am trying to make is, although we don't enjoy some seasons and try to rush them up and get them over with, we need to learn to be content in them. They are set to "run their course". They will be over when it is time for them to be over. They are not going to end until they have accomplished their full purpose. Joseph tried to hurry his season in the prison up by asking the butter to remember him to Pharaoh. It was two years later before the butler told Pharaoh about Joseph. His season wasn't over until it had "run its course". It came to an end when it had accomplished what it needed to do. 
We might as well stop trying to rush winter so warmer, more pleasant weather will come. Winter will end when it is the appointed time for it to end. In the meantime, be content in it. The season you are in will end when it is the appointed time for it to end. So, stop trying to rush it up until it does. Be content and let it accomplish its purpose.
Have a great day. This season will end when it has "run its course".
For further reading:
Philippians 4:11
Genesis 40
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