Thursday, 30 May 2019

Understand Your Season

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens ECCLESIASTES 3:1 (NIV)

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

 The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

 The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment. The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

 He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up. Don't make permanent decisions on the basis of temporary situations. We all go through different seasons in life and each season has a good purpose.

 If you give up in the cold winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and the fulfillment of your fall. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

 Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later. The secret of success in life is in understanding the times and knowing what to do.

PRAY for God to give you the GRACE to know how to handle different seasons. 1Ch 12:32 (NKJV) says,  _of the children of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their chiefs were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their command.

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