There is a special time for everything. There is a time for everything that happens under heaven. There is a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pick what is planted. There is a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up. There is a time to cry, and a time to laugh; a time to have sorrow, and a time to dance. There is a time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to kiss, and a time to turn from kissing. There is a time to try to find, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away. There is a time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; a time to be quiet, and a time to speak. There is a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
I remember one July afternoon, my mom just came home from shopping around at yard sales she use to do every Saturday morning, as early as the sun rose up. I was sitting in my room, painting my nails with some bright pink nail polish, when she excitedly entered my room with a cute little pillow. There was a scripture verse sown right in the middle, along with some purple buttons and butterflies that said: “God makes ALL things beautiful.” Around that time, I was suffering severely with in-confidence, so I took the pillow politely and did not think much of it. I mean, it went along with my bed set, but the words did not settle into my heart the way it should have.
Besides looks, my personal life was not an example of beauty either. I got my heart broken, people at school were bullying me, and I acted in a way young girls should not. Now that I am older, I look back at that pillow and wished secretly that my young teenage self would have gotten smacked in the head! I was behaving so selfishly and did not take the time to go to God about why I did not heed His wise counsel.
What season are you in today? Are you in a fruitful season? Have you been bearing your fruit so heavily that others are feeding off your peace and goodness? Or are you in a drought season? Shuffling around to plant your “spiritual seeds” while looking up at the sky asking, “Okay God, are you going to pour down some heavenly waters soon?!” Let me tell you something friend, good season or bad, every season is a gift. You may have read this with a puzzled look. Let’s continue reading a little more of Ecclesiastes 3: What does the worker get for his work? I have seen the work which God has given the sons of men to do. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put thoughts of the forever in man’s mind, yet man cannot understand the work God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:9-11.
There is your answer, my dear friend! The hard work we put into our “Season” God makes it beautiful. The dry, dirt soil you see in your life garden may not look like anything now, but after being obedient to God and trusting in His name, He will pour down His rain and make sure your life garden is full of many fulfilling fruits that will sustain you and help you to grow. Today, if you are struggling to keep working out in your own garden, seek out Him. Pray for wisdom and strength to fill your heart and to rekindle your desire to want to work for God again. Not only will you be benefited, but others who are struggling with the same problem will also.