It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that there is only 15 days until Christmas. A day in the city yesterday left my heart a little broken as I ran to and fro from store to store, plopped the next package in the car, ticked my list, put the car in gear and went to the next destination. It was almost like washing your hair… lather, rinse, repeat. I vaguely remember hearing a few carols in the stores, and when I did catch an honest to goodness carol of Christ, my heart would pitter pat and I would say, “Ahhhh, there’s Christmas…” then back to the list.
“Tis the season of what?” I asked myself this morning. In the glow of the Christmas tree I long to slow down and ponder the season. I am not as wise as Solomon who impressed God with his request for wisdom. God shakes His head at me on a regular basis, I’m pretty sure. If God, the Creator of all, came to me and said “Shari, ask what you will and I’ll grant it.” I would likely respond “Oh Father God, a cute pair of boots would do me fine!” And God would shake His head, and say to Solomon, “This is why she’s not in charge of her life.”
My Attention Deficit Disorder kicked in and my mind just went to the boot store… true story.
The season of what, Lord?
The Season of Purpose
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
It’s impossible for me to understand the purpose of hurting people. My Wednesday night youth group is filled with children who are in the midst of a “purpose” that causes me to want to beat people. This season of their life is something I never experienced as a child, and so it is that they’re in my world and God has made it my purpose to help them find theirs… even in some very icky situations. Every Season has a purpose and sometimes I am that purpose…
The Season of Preparation
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
Even though we were prepared in the loss of my Mother-in-law this week, we still weren’t ready. We knew the day would come as it will to all of us, but the sudden realization that that person will no longer be with us, especially in such joyful times as Christmas is heartbreaking. But God did not allow death as a sorrow that could not be soothed for His children. A prepared heart, who has known Christ and gone to be with Him in Glory leaves behind a reminder that they are gone but just a little while, and that we need to prepare too, so that we’ll never suffer that separation again.
The Season of Pruning
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
God is clear that there are somethings that need not be in the lives of a child of God. Those things that tear us down, that loosen the foundations beneath our feet and cause us to fall need to go. Pruning may kill a portion of a tree but the growth that occurs afterward leaves a healthier foundation. This may be a season of pruning. I need to check my branches…
The Season of Propitiation
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
The purpose behind tears are not always clear. We cry when we laugh and when we mourn, when we’re touched and when we’re angry. But they’re a soothing process in that it alerts others that something needs to be shared. Sorrow or celebration… friends help on both counts. Show yourself friendly…
The Season of Principles
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
If ever there is a time where Christian principles need to stand like stone pillars in society it’s now. Everyone waivers for every reason and give it no thought. The Word of God doesn’t waiver, nor should His people. Stand strong…
The Season of Privilege
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
We’re a blessed generation. We ignore scriptures that remind us that we’re to take care of the widows and orphans, we give to those we know, but to a stranger it will be conditional. Giving to the Salvation Army at the entrance of a store is relatively easy, stopping in traffic to hail down the man with the cardboard sign will have us asking “How far out of my way will it require me to go?” I throw so much food away at my house it’s ridiculous without ever asking, “Who could I share this meal with.” We’re too privileged… I’m too privileged…
The Season of Proclamation
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
There’s a time to sow… and there’s a time to hold your seed packet and let God do a little work to prepare the ground before we open our mouth. I pray this season I’m mindful to say what God would have me say and that I’d be aware when to say nothing. God, guard my tongue…
The Season of Peace
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
We’ll not see peace on earth until Jesus returns… that’s Bible. But we have Peace through Jesus Christ who gives it to all men liberally for the asking. We need to share that peace this Season…
What’s your season like? Mine’s a little more focused on God this morning thanks to Solomon’s Wisdom.
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