Seasons Unbound by Time
"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage - with great patience and careful instruction."
(2 Timothy 4:2, NIV)
The weather changes rather abruptly where I live regardless of whether our Gregorian calendar reflects the end of one season and the beginning of another.
As such, one can encounter days like our first day of spring where snow was falling at a time when one would expect light rain followed by warm sunshine.
In the week leading up to March 20th, we had begun to pull off layers of clothing and leave our down coats in the closet.
Finally! Winter broke and we were free from all of the snow, slush, salt trucks, and wool-lined boots.
We were led to believe that we had shifted into a new season laden with high expectations of mild weather only to encounter snow instead.
Shift in the Atmosphere
In 2 Timothy the atmosphere was shifting for the apostles.
Instead of preaching that the last days would be gloriously delightful, they preached that the Word would be rejected and ignored.
But Paul instructed Timothy to preach the Gospel whether it was in season or out of season – popular or unpopular.
It is possible to feel as though you are steeped in one period of your life for an unusually long time.
Just when the sun starts to peek out, clouds come folding back in.
Even when unfavorable conditions tend to overextend themselves and the calendar reads that they should be over – you must transcend what appears to be the wrong season and adapt to what is actually there as opposed to what you think should be there.
God’s power transcends any numerical date on a calendar.
Pray for God to guide you beyond what you see with our eyes and think in your mind. With God as your guide, seasonal weather is more tolerable.
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