I don't know about you, but I am loving these cooler temperatures! I am not a hot weather person. Now don't get me wrong. I don't like it when it is 10 degrees and sleeting, but I'll take a 62 degree day over a 92 degree day EVERY DAY!
Isn't God good to give us seasons in the weather? Some days are bright and sunny and hot. Some days are sunny and crisp and cool (MY FAVORITE). Some days are cloudy and rainy. Some are cold and snowy. But each day is a gift from God and I enjoy every kind of day and am thankful.
So why don't I look at the seasons of my life that way? Sometimes life goes along pretty good. No big tragedies, no big heartaches, just day-to-day living. And during those times we are thankful to God for just giving us life. But then, all of a sudden, here comes a season that isn't so much fun. A season that is tough to take. I've had them, we all have. Sickness, death, stress, worry. Those seasons aren't fun. And they seem to go on and on and on.
We need to praise God for all the seasons in our life, good and bad. Because just like a rainy day makes us appreciate the sunshine, a season of trials and tribulations makes us appreciate God's goodness. It increases our faith. And yes, if we truly are learning, it encourages us. Because it teaches us to trust in the Lord and know that no matter what He is in control and THAT my friends is ENCOURAGING!!!
So while we like to hurry through the bad seasons in our life, just like sometimes I want summer to hurry up and end so I can get to fall, I know that God has allowed that season in my life for a reason. To teach me, and to encourage me. Because He loves me.
Thank you Lord, for all kinds of seasons.