I love that God infused the change of seasons within creation. Each season has a beauty all its own. Yet each also has its down side.

Spring holds the beauty of new growth, yet harbors the threat of storms and severe weather. Summer supplies ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities, yet wields an abundance of irritating insects.

With its colorful hues, autumn carries with it a wealth of beauty and relief from summer’s heat, yet can turn damp, cold, and dreary. Winter brings the joy of Christmas and glistening snow, but also Alberta clippers and Noreasters that wreak havoc on roads and unsuspecting drivers.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise then, that our lives have seasons too, each carrying with it both positive and negative aspects. At times, life is good. Everything is running smooth, then “bam” all of a sudden we’re waylaid by a health problem, accident, or unexpected hardship. It’s then we make the choice to entrust our lives, our futures, to God, or give in to discouragement.

No one enjoys the harsh moments of life, the trials we face, the struggles that zap our energies and sometimes shake our faith. But if we hold fast to what we believe, God can use the difficult times in our lives not only to draw us closer to Him, but to mold and shape us into the people He longs for us to be.

James 1:2 goes so far as to say we should:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

When circumstances knock us down, if we call out to God, He will be there to lift us up and renew our strength. Whatever season you’re going through, whether calm or difficult, know that in the end, “God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

What season of life are you in today? Are you holding onto God’s promises? I’d love to hear what He’s doing in your life.

Cynthia Roemer’s PRAIRIE SKY SERIES: Stories of faith and resilience on the Midwest prairie Inspirational Historical Romance


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