Winter’s here! For many people, winter is just a time to wait for the season to change to spring. Where I live in South Carolina, we even have people from up north moving here in order to escape the North’s harsh winters.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2—For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
There is a season for everything in life. If we spend all our time planting, when will we have the harvest? And to have a harvest, we first have to plant seeds and wait for them to grow into something beautiful. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 and you’ll see how our lives are made up of different seasons.
Sometimes the events that are happening in the world can be confusing. We see moments of peace right before tragedies happen. We have seasons of plenty as well as seasons of lack. And with our limited perspective, it’s easy to lose sight of God in those more challenging seasons and become hopeless. But this is what Ecclesiastes 3:11 says: “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
God created humans to live eternally. We weren’t meant to experience death, pain, or sorrow, but when sin entered the world, everything changed. But at Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the one who salvages us from our sin and restore us back into a right relationship with God.
This Earth is in a season right now, but we have so much to hope for in the future! Revelation 21:1 and 4 says this: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared…He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” This life is not all there is. It’s temporary. The meaning of life is to live for the eternal life God offers to us. Don’t plant your hope in things like good health, a relationship, or your finances, because those may be gone tomorrow. Instead, keep your hope in God’s promises of an eternal future with Him.