We can feel the shifting of the actual seasons. We sense it in the air, smell it in the breeze, see it on the trees in our yard. And we can sense it in our spirit when the times are shifting, can’t we? The closing of doors, the letting go, the new beginnings, the harvest of dreams about to come true.
When we take the time to actually examine the season of our hearts and put words to it, clarity comes. So before we dive into writing out new year resolutions, goals, and to do’s, let’s seek to understand our season. The first step in this process is fairly straightforward. Take some time to read these words (preferable out loud) from Ecclesiastes, and as you read, listen for the phrases that speak to your spirit – the lines that make you say, “Yes, that! That’s where I’m at right now.”
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
Now ask yourself these four simple, yet telling questions:
1. Based on this passage, which season do you feel your are walking out of?
2. How do you feel about the season you’re leaving behind?
3. Now, what season to you feel your are walking into?
4. And how do you feel about the season you’re entering?
I’d love to hear what season you’re in right now! Feel free to share in the comments.1