I heard someone say recently that the trouble many Americans are having right now is that they are having to adjust from an “upper middle class” lifestyle to a “middle class” lifestyle. I’m not going to try to define what those terms mean or where we all might fit into those categories, but it is safe to say we are facing a new season and adjustments are having to be made. How’s that going for you?
The truth is seasons come and go in our lives just like they do in nature. The excitement of spring, the leisure of summer, the reflection of autumn, and the harshness of winter are all a part of life. The problem is the seasons of life are not as predictable as nature. Sometimes we see the changes coming and have time to make the necessary adjustments. There are other times that life happens so quickly that our breath is taken away. How do we deal with the changes of seasons in our lives?
First, we must recognize that it is normal and everyone must face these changes. Solomon reminds us, “There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) He goes on in the next seven verses to describe the normal (whatever that is) seasons of life.
Second, we must be willing to adapt to those changes. Once again, it was Solomon who wrote, “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Proverbs 22:3)
Third, we must not make rash decisions based upon the current crisis we are facing. Proverbs 19:2 tells us that hasty and rash decisions often cause us to “go the wrong way.” As the saying goes, “This too shall pass.” When it does, it would be good if no bridges have been burned or situations created that are going to limit or hinder our ability to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.
Fourth, we must never loose sight of the fact that God is aware of our circumstances and He is using whatever life throws at us for our benefit (see Romans 8:28).