A comment from a faithful follower on a recent post really set me to thinking, and convicted me of an attitude that I needed to change. Everyone has a favorite season, ay? Some people love the springtime, when the daffodils sprout up cheerfully to welcome the newly-green leaves that are popping out on the trees, and the breeze is warmer; the world is reborn after the winter time.
Some love the summer; absolutely everything is blooming and growing, including the veggies in the gardens. The warmth of the sun is mixed in a recipe that includes thunderstorms and swimming, holiday fireworks and family picnics.
Then there are those that sigh with relief when autumn arrives. Their favorite season shows the glorious paintbrush of God, as the leaves turn from green to golden, red, purple, and more. The temperatures are brisk, and invite us to happy times around a campfire.
And there are those hardy souls who truly enjoy the winter. For them, the cold and wind are wonderful, and the possibility of a snowfall fairly fills them with glee. Of course, winter brings us the wonderful time that we humans celebrate the birth of Christ, and families gather to count their blessings.
So, what’s amiss here?
Well, perhaps I’m the only one in this study group, but I will have to admit I’ve been a complainer. Here God is, showing us the intricacies of His awesome design for creation, and I’ve been just as much a grumbler as the children of Israel in the wilderness. I really don’t like winter at all! Too cold! I don’t like it when the forecast mentions frozen precipitation, since in the Southland, it is often the freezing rain variety – ice everywhere! Autumn is pleasant, but it actually makes me a little sad, since I know winter is coming!
And there are those who complain bitterly about the summer heat – I often overhear people in the grocery store, saying they just can’t go outdoors in the summer!
And yet, if we examine things with our heads, instead of our comfort levels, we know that the summer time is vitally important to allow us time for growing crops and harvesting them. And the winter is an integral part of controlling the bug populations, since they get reduced by the cold temps. These are just two of many reasons why God created the seasons.
I guess we (me, really) need to embrace all of the seasons, and praise Him for them!