Old Man Winter is dying. In a few days, it will be spring, the real New Year when everything starts to grow again. Newness is everywhere. “Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month (Abib)shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you” Exodus 12:1-2. What the world observes as the New Year on January 1, is just man’s calendar, not God’s calendar.
We will soon be in a new season when snow is gone for a next time
when spring rains give way to the hot and humid days of summer
summer ushers in the beautiful colours of autumn when leaves fall,
leaving trees bare and seemingly withering away
only to be covered by the white presence of snow – winter again.
We go through that cycle year after and for as many years as there is the breath of life that allows us to greet a new day and a new season.
The seasons the Almighty God gives us to regulate our lives and to allow nature to continue its routine bears much to our life cycle as human beings. For we are born new in the spring; we grow up in the summer; start to wind down (begin our descent or fall) in the autumn, and come winter, we are frozen – we cease doing many things. Our routine is disrupted; many activities come to a halt and we are winding down our year – years as human beings. Whenever we reach winter, we are either dying or dead!
The changing of the seasons should serve as a stark reminder of how temporary we are – here today, gone tomorrow! They should service as reminders just like when another calendar year passes and we know we will be one year older. Each season that passes is telling us another important phase of our life is passing and we are nearing our final winter.
The book of wisdom, Ecclesiastes, tells us in chapter 3:1-8, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?”
Time is the master of us all. Like the years, time governs the seasons, and it has an expiry date. Verse 17 tells us, “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Whatever acts we committed again God during these seasons, God will judge.
Verse 14, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.” No matter how much we accumulate in this life – whether wealth or fame – it is still vanity because without surrendering to God, and accept Jesus Christ as LORD and Saviour, all will be in vain; all is vanity.
As we come to the end of another winter, please bear in mind, we are all going to have one last winter. When our winter ends, we will be face with a new kind of season when Jesus Christ returns and establishes His everlasting Kingdom in due season? You can become a part of this kingdom when your winter ends! For more on this subject, download FREE our Booklet, AFRAID TO DIE?