The unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having this winter has been making me think about seasons. Seasons of life, to be exact.
Seasons change. They don’t last forever. They always come back around. And so it is with seasons of life – seasons of difficulty, change, loss, grief, love, joy, peace…
And what’s sometimes frustrating is that we never seem to be in the same season at the same time as those around us.
When our world is falling apart, theirs is perfect. When our lives are in flux, theirs are stable. When they are rejoicing, we are grieving.
One grieving an unexpected miscarriage, while three are happily pregnant.
Three married and building families, while one is single and alone.
One struggling financially after having lost their job, while one is in line for a promotion and two are happily stay-at-home moms.
It’s hard to be the odd one out. The one who really wants to be happy for everyone else, but is silently suffering in our own grief or sickness or pain.
But maybe the reason that we’re not all happy or all grieving or all rejoicing or all going through change at the same time is to remind us that seasons change but God remains the same.
When we can see others around us in different seasons of life, we are reminded that although seasons come and seasons go, while grief lasts for the night, joy comes in the morning. We are reminded that God does not change when the ground beneath our feet is shaking. Our Rock does not fail. Our God does not change.
That doesn’t mean it isn’t still hard to be the only one in a group who is grieving the loss of a child, a friend, a parent. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be seasons of grief, pain, loss, or hardship.
What it means is that God has given us people who can help share the load. When others are happy and we are grieving, we are called to share with them our burdens. Rejoice with them in their triumphs, and they to weep with you in your grief. As seasons change, your roles will be reversed. You will be the comforter to the hurting, while you are rejoicing.
So take heart, if you are in a difficult season. Share your season with those around you, and rejoice with them in their joy. Your season will change.
If you are in a good season, and someone around you is not, grieve with them, love them, pray with them, be a shoulder for them to cry on. Your season will change, too.
You both serve a God who will never change. Take heart, for He has overcome the world.