Learning from Seasons: Praising in Pause or Prosperity

Honestly, the last thing I want to give is another opinion about the pandemic going on in this world today. Personally, I’ve felt confused causing waves of anxiety to come at me. I’ve felt at a loss for words, and quite frankly, for any understanding regarding the current situation.

As I scrolled through social media this morning, I noticed consistent patterns in people’s posts. Well, at least the posts I could see. Good, bad or indifferent, it all revolved around the coronavirus (Covid-19).

When I looked at the calendar, I noticed today marks the first day of spring. But, there were no social media posts to reflect that. The darkness and uncertainty of what’s happening in the world around me tries to swallow up any bit of light and newfound hope. But, I felt this tug upon my heart to shift my perspective towards what is represented by patterns in seasons.

You see in the winter season, there seems to be a pause, or a stillness. The leaves die off of trees and flowers are not in bloom. Some animals hibernate or move South. There’s a dryness and chill in the air. What is visibly seen are ordinary colors in nature and much is not pleasing to the eye.


However, the winter season is not void of life. One, of many things, that is truly worthy of praise. The trees themselves are very much alive and there are cold-resistant plants that thrive. There’s a different, colorful species of birds that emerge, and other natural life flourishes during the winter months. Life in bloom may be at a standstill, but hope is not lost.

I’m moved within my spirit from anxiety to peace concerning the world’s current circumstances. Sure there’s been a shift in what society describes as “normalcy”. We are all left in a darkness with uncertainty about what the future holds. Life in bloom maybe at a standstill, but hope is not lost. I am reminded that both light and hope are found in the Lord. And these trying times cause me to shift my gaze towards the emergence of new life.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.- 1 Peter 1:3‭-‬6 NLT [emphasis mine]

From the perspective of which seasons were created, we can look at the pattern associated  with this first day of spring. It brings with it the hope of life in bloom- prosperity. Much more reason to praise! In fact, scripture adequately describes this “Hope for Restoration” in Isaiah 35.

Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! … There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God. With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” And when he comes, he will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. Those who have been ransomed by the Lord will return. They will enter Jerusalem singing, crowned with everlasting joy. Sorrow and mourning will disappear, and they will be filled with joy and gladness.- Isaiah 35:1‭-‬6‭, ‬10 NLT [emphasis mine]

Whether in a season of pause, as in the stillness of winter, or a season of prosperity, as in the hope of spring, one thing remains. To praise our Lord Jesus. For He is peace (1 Corinthians 14:33). For He is light in the darkness (John 8:12). For He is the source of hope (Psalm 71:5). For He is eternal life (1 John 5:11-12).

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: He [God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11‭, ‬14 NKJV

Darkness Is to Blame

It is inevitable that we will suffer from some hardship over the course of our lifetime. When I was just a young girl, I became a victim to sexual abuse. Statistics overwhelmingly prove that I am not alone in this. I never understood the capacity of what had happened until I became older. It wasn’t until I was college-age that I truly processed the events that occurred.

This began a vicious cycle- an entrapment- of really unwise decisions. I made myself even more of a target. I thought to myself that my purity was taken, my morals were useless, and my value was damaged. Thus, creating for myself a lifestyle of ruin.

I made careless choices. I had bad dating experiences. I had ill-feelings about my self-worth.

After six years of college, I went on to begin my career. I met my, now, husband. I pursued my faith, again. I became more mature with knowledge and with God’s truth. I learned to forgive my perpetrator. I saw the value in forgiving myself for the unwise decisions I made. I became free under Christ and by God’s grace.

One of the things I disliked hearing regarding what had happened in my life was when someone placed blame on God. “How could God let something like that happen to an innocent child”? I refuse to believe that our loving Father would purposely let that happen. Nor, is there any scripture to back up that claim.

What occurred, stemmed from a single person’s selfish desires. An alluring deception from their childhood abuse. Allowing (their) self to be overcome with the evil ways from the ruler of this world, Satan himself.

My question, then, is how could anyone blame God for evil when evil is from His adversary, the devil. “What sorrow for those who say that evil is good and good is evil, that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.”- Isaiah 5:20 (NLT). 


Simply put, evil is darkness. 1 John 1:5 expresses, “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.” If something hurts you, it is evil and it is not of God. Darkness is to blame.

I believe that God let my unfortunate circumstance be used for good, for His purposes and intentions (Romans 8:28). That’s truth. I believe that I am meant to share this message. Not for personal gain or for sympathy. Instead, to help someone overcome their vicious cycle- their entrapment.

Abuse comes in many forms. Pains, hurts, and bad experiences are not limited to these. If you are also a victim of darkness, I want to encourage you with hope for a better tomorrow.

God gives us the ability to sniff out and snuff out darkness. Let’s equip ourselves with scripture to identify the deceit of evil. Let’s extinguish evil with the light of Jesus that releases power to overcome it.

  • Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.- Ephesians 4:21-24 (NLT)
  • Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom.- Galatians 5:17-18 (NLT)
  • The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.- John 1:4-5 (NLT)
  • And I will rescue you… Yes, I am sending you… to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.- Acts 26:17-18 (NLT)

Yes, there is evil in this world. And it takes its form as darkness. We must not allow ourselves to continue to be entrapped by it. Be free. Follow God’s truth. Allow His light to guide you and to shine within you!

For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.”- Ephesians 5:8-9 (NLT)