Thursday, March 29, 2018

To everything there is a season

I read a phrase the other day that said that light is either increasing or decreasing, never stagnant.  Evidenced by the sun, daylight, darkness and the seasons we witness on earth.

I was contemplating my own spiritual progress when I came across this phrase and it affected me negatively.  I felt as though the light I once felt or had on certain things has waned or fallen off.  It was discouraging to contemplate this idea of non stagnant light on a personal level.  Specifically the light decreasing part.  I became quite discouraged as I surveyed my own progress.

Then I had a thought.  As the sun rises each day on the earth, the shadows get shorter until mid day, until there are no shadows.  And then as noon passes the shadows begin to lengthen until dark.  This happens every day.  I don't think the earth or the trees takes it personally that it gets dark every day.  Nor gets discouraged and defeated during seasons that have more darkness than others.

I don't think the earth gets butthurt about these realities, cycles and seasons.  I had the impression that I shouldn't either.  It's not always personal when seasons change, it's part of how the earth, it's orbit, and place in the heavens was designed.  You can see different things when it's dark.  Like the stars for example.  Even in the darkness there are messages, signs, and a testimony written in the stars if you look up.  If it didn't get dark, we would all miss a lot of stuff put there by God.  The earth and many things on it were designed to experience times of darkness. But the light and warmth return.

Where one side of the earth is experiencing darkness, another part is experiencing daylight.  The sun is just shining someplace else when it's dark in another place.  Things need time to rest and reset after all.  To everything there is a season.  Ecclesiastes doesn't say "to everything, every season".  But said: "to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven." (Eccl 3:1)

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