Genesis 8:22 says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.”
We have entered the season we call fall or harvest time. It’s a time when the life of summer transitions to drying leaves and dead grass. What follows is the darkness of winter, which is a time of cold, harshness, and death to vegetation. This is a symbolic picture of the fall of man who went from the place of the Tree of Life into the times of death and darkness.
I believe it is no coincidence that at the darkest point of the year in the land of Israel, we celebrate the birth of God’s Son. In a similar way, it was after 400 years when the prophets were silent, that the Light of Life came, but darkness did not receive Him. We know the birth of Jesus changed everything, but many could not see it.
Then came His death and burial in the season we call spring, which is a time of new beginnings and new life coming forth in the power of the Resurrection. In spring, nature is radiantly back for all to see; and then what follows is the season of light and life in what we call summer.
One glorious day, there will be no more seasons, darkness, or death; there will only be light and life. We see that in Revelation 21:1 which says, “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.”
So let the seasons of time we go through here in this world be a reminder of the heavenly life to come. Be encouraged today that even when it is the darkest of times in your life, there is a new beginning on its way. God’s plan of redemption is already at work.
Pastor Keith Hair is a staff member of Lord of Hosts Church.