Friday, March 9, 2012

To Everything There is a Season

 'Tis such glorious, rainy, spring days we've been having lately. Perfect weather for hanging laundry outside again and taking little hikes through the woods. Spring has always been a favorite season of mine, reminding me that there is a new window to every closed door; just the thought of it makes me giddy! 

I smile as I think of all the long days to be spent planting, weeding, nurturing, and finally harvesting vegetables. Although it certainly is not easy job doing those things! There are times I wonder why in the world did I get a job that involves working in the hot sun all summer long, but when fall comes and we harvest; boy do I feel like I've accomplished something. It reminds me of life. We begin something new, learn and grow in it, have trials through it, and shed laughter in the midst of it all. There are times we want to give up, but when we persevere through all of it we feel a sense of accomplishment. I've been going through it myself (the readiness to give up, that is), but I keep telling myself, "Persevere! Get it done. Do hard things!" 

This season of Lent is a continuous reminder of Christ's sacrifices for us. He suffered rejection and pain for US. Why? Why did he let people hang him on a cross to die. Why did he allow men to make fun of him? Why, why why?! I don't deserve it. At all. But he did it out of love. Love for his people. Love for sinners. Love for you and me. He did it to set an example for us to love, serve, and care for others. He did it so that we can have a way of salvation. He did it so that we can have a personal, father-child relationship with him. When I begin to complain about trials I have in life, people God placed in my life, or the small things I [think] I am missing, I think of what Christ gave up for me and the things he went through for the salvation of my soul. Then I feel so blessed; because I am.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven
Ecclesiastes 3:1

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