There Is A Season

Sometimes it is the simplest, most obvious thoughts that are actually the most profound. In the section that is referred to as the Poetry or Wisdom Books of the Bible (Job through Song of Solomon), there is a jewel of a chapter in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is Chapter 3, a well known series of verses that are often repeated in poetry, prose and song.

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

The title header for that chapter in my Bible reads, “Everything Has Its Time”. To me that is a significant truth. We often say that God’s will shall be done “in His own time” and that is true. We are told to wait upon the Lord (Isaiah 40:31), and we should. But God has also decreed that there will be times and seasons (Genesis 1:14) to provide us a sense of stability and certainty, comfortingly assuring us that He is still in control.

February is one of those seasons that “Has Its Time”. It is not a well celebrated month. Groundhog Day serves its amusing purpose as a momentary diversion to “predict” the weather, good or ill, for the coming weeks. And I’m not sure who came up with putting Valentine’s Day in February but to me this month just does not inspire a season of romance which is best left to the springtime. Finally, there is President’s Day which observes the birthday of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Yes, February is not one of the more favored months of the secular year. Its climate is often cold, snowy, wet and dirty.  Yet it is as important as any of the rest.

Continuing on to Ecclesiastes 3:2 we are told that there is “A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;” February is an important part of the natural order God has placed in motion, a time when those things that have died lie dormant awaiting the Spring to bring forth new life by way of planting “precious” seeds in the earth for future harvest. In like manner, we as Christians are to take this season of opportunity to spread the seed of His Gospel (Luke 8:11), watering it with our tears (Psalm 126:6), cultivating it with our good deeds (Matthew 5:16) and looking confidently forward to the harvest (Matthew 9:37-38) so we may glorify our Father in Heaven by bringing forth much fruit (John 15:8). Just as with the natural order there is a spiritual order as well.

Finally, let us also reflect that it is during the winter when life tends to slow down a little, when the Lord provides for us a pause to “delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2), so that we may receive His promise that, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” (verse 3). The promise that if we take delight in His Word we shall bring forth fruit in the appropriate season.

Yes, to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. Prepare to us this month to glorify God just as any other.