After another weekend of 15-degree weather and a constant drizzle of “wintry mix,” I feel like I’ve had enough of winter. Spring can show up anytime now, and it would be fine with me!
But isn’t it wonderful to know that, without a shadow of a doubt, the seasons will change? In a few short weeks the icy windshields and frozen toes will be forgotten, and we’ll be basking in the spring sun.
Seasons teach us something important about God, and also about ourselves:
The limitless variety and change found throughout our universe is something evolution cannot explain. Evolution can describe why the world develops certain functions, but color and beauty are not functional.
Knowing that the universe is the work of a Creative Artist, however, makes a lot more sense. The world around us is God’s canvas, and He has shown us that He loves variety and change. As a result, we’ve learned to love change, too.
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” – Revelation 21:5
No matter how beautiful the day, the season, the year, or the lifetime, all of these things must come to an end. Why did God command the sun to set every 24 hours? Why do the seasons of life pass so quickly?
Perhaps these were meant to be constant reminders that life as we know it – that time itself – will soon come to an end. Christ will return to judge the earth, and a new day will dawn in Creation.
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under Heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
“For what is your life? It is but a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” – James 4:14
Some think of Heaven as a pretty dull place: angels sitting on clouds strumming away on their harps…forever. But does it stand to reason that the same God who designed the universe with such stunning variety and splendid change – the One who planted the desire for adventure and discovery in our hearts – would be happy with angels on clouds ad infinitum?
I believe that God gives new dawns and new seasons to reveal part of His character, and to build our anticipation. As exciting as this world can be, it is surely nothing compared to the exquisite changes and breathtaking surprises that will await us around every corner in our Heavenly home.
Honestly, I can’t wait to see it! That is one change of season that I am really looking forward to.
“In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” – John 14:2-3