“There is a time for everything; a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)
My favorite form of exercise is cardio. If you were to ask me at any given time what type of exercise I’d like to go do, 90% of the time I would choose a cardiovascular one. However, right now I am in a season of trying to add muscle mass. So, right now, I am in a season of having to increase my weightlifting time and decrease my cardio time. Right now I am in a season of having to make choices that go against my natural tendencies.
Is it a choice I make begrudgingly? Oh, on some days, perhaps. But on most days, I choose it willingly because I truly desire the alternative outcome and know it’s best for me. I choose it willingly because I have the long-term objective in mind, and this is a necessary season for me to go through in order to achieve that objective. (See also Long-Term View, October 2, 2014 post).
There are seasons in our spiritual journeys too. Sometimes we are in seasons of deep Bible study because we need more of God’s Word implanted in our minds. Perhaps other times we are in a season of needing more to live out the Word we already know instead of gaining more head knowledge. Or perhaps you are in a season where you need to cut back on the external activities because you really need to do some deep soul work. Or maybe just the inverse — maybe you have focused enough on your own soul and need to focus more on the souls around you.
The seasons of the soul that God takes us through are necessary to form us into image-bearers of Jesus. Some seasons may not be our favorite. But if we keep the end game in mind, we just might start to embrace each season because we know it is integral to that which we really desire — becoming a better reflection of Him.
So what season are you in?