"We can’t change anything about someone else (or what has happened), but we can choose to turn them over to God and walk forward in freedom in our own lives by forgiving." — Karen Jensen

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about life, it’s that nothing stays the same.

Just when you get something the way you like it – whether it’s your living room furniture, your schedule, your wardrobe, or your life plan – something changes and then you have to make adjustments.

Right now, the trees are starting to change color all around us because summer is over and autumn is here.  Whether you like it or not, the weather and the environment are changing.

It took me awhile to realize that life was always going to be like that.  There are seasons! So I might as well recognize my season, adjust to it, and get happy about it. You might as well too. (read more)

The seasons of our lives mirror the passing of the natural seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

Different things happen in different seasons, both naturally and spiritually. Naturally speaking, in the winter it is cold and barren. Nothing blooms. Animals hibernate. When spring comes, it is a time of freshness and new life. During the summer, there is heat. In the fall, it is time for the harvest.

Just as there are seasons in nature, our lives have seasons. Some are barren and cold. Some are filled with new hope and new life. In some seasons we plant. And we water. And we don’t see anything come up for a while. But then comes the harvest season.

KEEP BELIEVING

If you’re in a winter season right now, don’t quit or get discouraged. Spring is coming in your life, just as surely as it comes in the natural realm every year. God hasn’t stopped multiplying you. Your season of increase is coming if you’ll simply keep believing.

The cold barrenness of winter or the scorching heat of summer is only temporary. The tests and trials of the hard seasons don’t change your destiny. During the winter and summer times of your life, seeds are growing under the ground.

When my children were babies, I can remember thinking, “I can’t wait until they walk.” And when they did, it added new challenges to my life—for one, they no longer stayed where I put them.

Then I thought, “I can’t wait until they go to school.” Soon enough, they did! And again, there was a whole new set of challenges, for them and for me. After a while I realized there was always going to be a new season. I might as well not get in a hurry, but rather enjoy the season we were in, and then embrace the next one when it comes.

There are always going to be seasons in your life. If you don’t like the season you’re in right now, there’s good news: it’s going to change. On the other hand, if you love the season you’re in, be sure to enjoy every moment because it, too, is going to change.

If you’re in a season of multiplication right now, enjoy it. And save up! If you’re in a season of barrenness or heat, don’t worry—your season of increase is coming.

This is an excerpt from chapter 7 of Karen’s book “Why God Why: What To Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense” available in the bookstore.