With wintertime so close, soon the trees will be barren, the grass will be a dormant brown, and the shrubs and flowers will look dead. But horticulturists tell us that there is way more taking place than meets the eye. During the winter months, the nutrients that the trees, flowers, and plants use to grow and bloom are being resourced into different areas, such as for thickening the tree bark or for preparing the plant or flower for the new growth and blooming season. Unless this takes place, the trees and plants will not become what they're supposed to be.
So what season are you in today? Ecclesiastes 3 begins with Solomon's remarkable words: "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven." Too often we fail to understand this principle that we are in a season right now, and God has a purpose for this time in our lives. If we don't recognize the season we're in, we're bound to miss the purpose it is meant to serve as well as miss how it should be preparing us for the next season of our lives.
While we wish we were in a constant blooming season with things always going our way, some seasons are challenging and difficult. You may be going through a winter season right now. You may be raising children on your own, or going through a divorce, or walking through a season of illness. Recognize that it's a season, that it's where God has you right now, and that God wants to use everything in this season to keep you moving toward His purpose for your life. Tell yourself that just as winter gives way to spring, there are better days ahead! If you'll be your best as you go through it, you'll get to where you need to be.
You have to be careful to not get stuck in a past season, wishing you could stay there in what you enjoyed or dwelling on pains and regrets that happened there. You have to recognize that people change, situations change, and if you don't truly live in your present season, you're not going to get to the new season God has for you.
It's time to embrace the season, to find out what the season has for you, and to be the very best you can be. Don't waste the season. Squeeze out of it everything you can. Make the changes in your life, move forward, and keep growing. God is going to get you to blooming season in His time, and you are going to become everything God intends you to be.