“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.”Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
We took a breath the other day when the oppressive summer heat gave way to a dip in the heat index. We knew it wouldn’t last, but at the end of August in Virginia, it was a cause for celebration. So we ate every meal, read, talked and worked outside on our deck! And for one day, we tasted the hope of cooler weather soon to come. I recall that we did the same thing six months ago when a single warm winter day whispered the promise of spring.
In our lives, we experience seasons as well—times of heat and seasons of drought, times of death and birth, seasons of waiting and of celebration, seasons of caring for and being cared for. And just as certain plants thrive and grow in their own season, there are others that remain evergreen all year round. 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 speaks of that which passes away and changes in time. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (v. 13). Faith, hope and love—always in season and forever green! Put your faith and hope in the love of Jesus.
“And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit...” (Romans 5:5)