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Surrendering to God's Seasons

What is your season now?

Eccles 3:1-14

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." (Eccles 3:1)

While living in Tasmania for four years, I experienced the seasons of nature in a whole new way. In Queensland we have warm, hot and humid, and maybe three or four weeks of not-so-warm. In Tassie, there was a marked shift from Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring. The heat and abundant growth, greenery, flowers and crops of summer, gave way to the flames of orange, red and yellow as leaves died and nature prepared for Winter. The starkness and cold of Winter, snow in the mountains and icy winds was a time of hardship, shorter days, and greater darkness. But the cold ignited seeds that lay in the ground, prepared the trees, so that in the Spring the colour and new life brought hope and joy. Anticipation of what was to come, the abundance of fruit was just around the corner.

Eccles 3:1-11 reminds us that we have seasons in our lives. Times of abundance, times of slowing and preparation, times of hardship and cold and times of renewal and hope.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (Eccles 3:1).

What is your season now? What is the season of the church family?

For our SHBC family, I believe we are in a Winter season. We have been here for a while now, digging deep, learning perseverance, trust, and patience. We have been pressing into God, deepening our prayer life, letting go of some of the old ways in preparation for the new season ahead. And we are looking with hope and faith for Spring. I believe we are seeing some of the signs of Spring—people coming to Christ and being baptised, new people coming into the life of the church, growing hope and anticipation in prayer, being intentional and courageous in our witness in the community, and believing God that he has plan for us as we “sow and grow the Good News of Christ in people.”

What gives us this hope—"He has set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (v12)

Winter is not death, just a hard season where we strip back all and depend on God. Let us look forward with eternity in our hearts and trust in the Lord.

God bless

Pastor Stephen

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