The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. (Eccl. 1:6)
Every year the cold comes around again, and every time that happens, it seems to catch us off guard. But why? Are we not aware that the earth revolves around the sun and turns on its axis? Are we so foolish and so forgetful to allow the cold to sneak up on us, again? Year after year? Every night I go to bed thinking that I’m going to jump out of bed like an over-excitable kid who’s been waiting to go camping since last year and that day has finally arrived. Yet I wake up every morning with a struggle. Like my friend Diondre Cole likes to ask, “Waddup wit dat?”
But perhaps the main issue is lack of patience, purpose, and passion. And yet another overlooked reason is the season. The world has been created in a very systematic way because our God is a God of order not chaos. In one hand, He is unpredictable and untamable. On the other hand He is orderly and peaceful. He has created the whole world and gave it all to man. Now why would he create a chaotic unpredictable world and then place such a high calling and pietous duty of being fruitful, multiplying, filling the earth, taking dominion, and subduing it? A good Father, who is Love, does not give his children a rock when they ask for bread, nor does He give them a scorpion when they ask for fish.
God setup the world for us to use in order to bless people. And he setup seasons for us to use and learn from. The natural order of things show us that there is a natural order.
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. (Prov 6:6-8)
Here again we learn from nature. We learn two things from the ant:
1. The ant take initiative
2. The ant pays attention to seasons
Last year, we planted a small garden in our back yard. And something clicked. I started paying attention to the seasons and the weather more than I have in the past. Rain became a joy, because today, God watered our garden for us. I’d walk through our little garden everyday to prune something off or pick a weed, knowing that if I don’t pick this weed today, it’ll turn into 5 weeds tomorrow. In the summer we started making plans of expanding for next summer. We thought through what had to be done this fall and winter in order to be prepared to plant in spring so that the following summer’s crop would be abundant.
Time doesn’t sleep: it waits for no man. In the summer, beware the winter, in the winter, prepare for spring.
But what’s the point? “I don’t have a garden and never plan on having one,” you say. Perhaps you should try. But that’s not the point.
Our life also comes in seasons. We go through seasons of being seedlings. Then come seasons of spring and growth. We shed off our immaturity and learn to wield the sword of sacrifice, honor, responsibility, and deep joy. We learn to serve others rather than ourselves. We then stumble and fall, and the shiver-causing prolonged season of winter creeps into our life through the cracks at the bottom of our front door. The hand of failure plays in the snow all day without any gloves then it slaps us with that hand and tells us to wake up and try again next time. And so we start preparing for the next round of roller coaster rides and growth spurs. When they come, we learn to maintain what we have, we take a stroll through our garden daily and pick out the weeds and prune the growth that is going in the wrong direction. We see something drying out and give it water. We learn to rest to get re-energized to build, fight, and grow rather than to work so that we can no longer work.
We ought not wonder why it’s so cold right now. We ought to understand that spring is 5 months away and winter will come again after that. And that our God is a God of mercy and grace and so “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb 4:6)