The Sun Will Shine Again

In what season of your life are you?

 

We can so easily become entangled in the idea that faith is only about joy. Especially at spiritual teen camps or listening to the world’s perception of Hedonism, we are prone to think that Christianity is only about eternal joy and gladness and prosperity. But as you grow older and enter different chapters in your life, some things may happen in your life that make you wonder: Where is God now?

We all have spiritual seasons. We experience certain seasons more than others, but we all go through the seasons somewhere in our lives. The preacher says in his book that there is a time for everything; and that is why it is important to continue to live fully and persevere in the very season in which you find yourself at the moment.

 

Maybe you are in the summer of your life – all your work is up to date, your relationships are well underway and your finances are in order. ‘See if you can catch the sun for me…’ The lyrics from the Afrikaans song, ‘Suncatcher’, reminds me of summer. Summer is harvest time. Time to store the proceeds in the pantry. Time to cherish blessings and gain wisdom; time for storage and for provision. Summer is like a picnic for your soul with bright rays in your heart. This is a time to hop and sing, laugh and frolic; to dance to the wonderful song of life. During the summer time we are also constantly reminded by God’s Word to gather the harvest and in turn plant good seeds. Summer season is also the time to get on your knees, thank the Father, and to stay on your knees, because winter, it will also come.

 

Is it maybe winter in your life today? Sometimes the cold of winter gathers around you; other times the cold pierces inside of you. Are you perhaps in a difficult phase of much despair and disappointment? Maybe you are in a cold season of your life, where the fireplace does not heat up anymore and the summer swallows do not return. Is this your quiet season? Your lonely road that is long and steep? Perhaps this is a time when nothing really wants to work out and it feels like you are fruitless for God. Maybe you wish this phase in your life was over and maybe your days are more dark than light. In this winter time you may be looking back over your path of life and wonder where time has flown to. Or maybe you look back and regret a lot of mistakes that you’ve made. When the winter season dawns deep within us, it is important that especially during the difficult phases of our lives, He will carry us through it. We are being pruned and purified by His gracious hand. We grow by bearing burdens, by doing difficult things, by enduring hardship, by toil and struggle. This is the only way to grow into a noble and worthy character. The easy life and summer seasons may seem more pleasant, but it does not yield the heroic qualities that belong to the highest manhood.

Winter is a time in your life where inner growth takes place.  During our winter seasons we carry in us no reservoirs in which divine life may be stored to last us over times of spiritual drought.  “Abide” is the word our Lord himself uses. We must abide in him. During the coldest days and nights, life must be received hour by hour directly from Christ’s warm, throbbing heart. There must be no breaks in the believing heart that receives from the divine fullness, grace upon grace. To lose all our leaves and be shaken by the winds of life is a painful process; and we may be left stripped in this world, a naked tree in the storm. Our branches stand empty and we look as if we have nothing to offer to the world. But you are able to endure through this and to feel God’s wind, and to know that He is a God who gives comfort and warmth and water at the right time. He will water that tree again… and one day your tree will be full and green. And looking back you will realise that from your naked and stripped branches became this big and lofty tree under which others can come and find shelter under.  Winter does not last forever. The end of one season determines the beginning of the next season. And as soon as Spring’s first blossoms appear on the trees and you see the butterflies fluttering, you will know that Spring has sprung in your life again.

Wherever I find myself in my life, in the hardest or lightest times of my life, I always know: This, too, shall pass.

 

Your story is not over yet. The story of your life may be currently at an anticlimax or a dead end. Comfort yourself in the fact that your story is not over yet. It cannot be winter all year round, nor summer all year round. The problems and hurts you are currently facing will soon make way for the new season in your life. Trust God with a positive spirit. Your period to bloom will come again! Also know that God will not let you enter the new season if you have not grown in grace, long-suffering and meekness (Romans 5: 3-5). You must first grow. God prepares you for the summers in your life during the stormy, winter months. So live fully in this season of your life and know:

The sun will shine again.

 

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In watter seisoen van jou lewe is jy?

Ons kan maklik so verstrik raak in die idee dat geloof net om “joy” gaan. Veral op geestelike tienerkampe word daar gewoonlik ‘n geestelike hoogtepunt bereik waar daar dan gedink word dat Christenskap net oor ewigdurende blydskap en vreugde en voorspoed gaan. Maar soos wat jy ouer word en verskillende hoofstukke in jou lewe betree, gebeur daar dalk ‘n paar goed in jou lewe wat jou laat wonder: Waar is God dan nou?

Ons almal het geestelike seisoene in ons lewe. Ons ervaar sekere seisoene meer kere as ander, maar ons almal gaan iewers in ons lewe een of ander seisoen. Prediker sê in sy boek dat daar ‘n tyd vir alles is en juis daarom is dit belangrik om in die seisoen waarin jy jouself tans bevind, steeds voluit te leef en te volhard is geloof.

Dalk is jy in die somer van jou lewe. Dalk is al jou werk op datum, jou verhoudings goed op dreef en jou geldsake in orde. ‘Kyk of jy vir my die son kan vang…’ Die lirieke uit die lied, Sonvanger, laat dink my aan die somer.

Somer is oestyd. Tyd om die opbrengs te bêre in die spens. Tyd om seëninge te koester en wysheid te bekom; tyd vir opgaar en vir voorsiening maak. Somer is piekniek vir jou siel en strale in jou hart. Hierdie is ‘n tyd om te huppel en sing, te lag en baljaar. Te dans op die wonderlike lied van die lewe. Somer is die tyd om op jou knieë te gaan, en die Vader te dank, en dis ook die tyd om op jou knieë te blý, want winter, die gaan wel nog kom.

Is dit dalk vandag winter in jou lewe? Somtyds is die winter rondom jou, ander kere trek winter sommer binne in jou in. Is jy dalk in ’n moeilike fase van baie wanhoop en teleurstellings? Dalk is jy in ‘n koue seisoen van jou lewe, waar die kaggel nie meer warm maak nie en die somer-swaeltjies nie meer terugkeer nie. Is hierdie dalk jou stil-seisoen? Jou alleenpad wat lank en steil is? Dit is ‘n tyd waar niks regtig wil uitwerk nie en dit voel asof jy vrugteloos is vir God. Dalk wens jy hierdie fase in jou lewe verby en dalk is jou dae meer donker as lig. In hierdie wintertyd kyk jy dalk terug oor jou lewenspad en wonder waarheen die tyd gevlieg het. Of dalk kyk jy terug en is jy spyt oor ‘n klomp foute wat jy gemaak het. Wanneer die winterseisoen diep in ons binneste aanbreek, is dit belangrik dat ons moet onthou dat selfs die moeilike fases in ons lewe in Sy hand is – júís in Sy hand is. Ons moet weet dat Hy ons deur hierdie winterseisoen sal dra, en dat ons daarna selfs sterker en wyser sal wees as van tevore. Winter is ‘n tyd in jou lewe waar innerlike groei plaasvind. Die einde van een seisoen bepaal die begin van die volgende seisoen. En sodra die lente se eerste bloeisels aan die bome verskyn en jy die skoenlappers sien vlieg, sal jy weet dis weer lente in jou lewe.

Hier is ’n teks in die Bybel wat ons help met moeilike tye:

Romeine 5:3-5
‘Dit is egter nie al nie. Ons verheug ons ook in die swaarkry, want ons weet: swaarkry kweek volharding, en volharding kweek egtheid van geloof, en egtheid van geloof kweek hoop; en dié hoop beskaam nie, want God het sy liefde in ons harte uitgestort deur die Heilige Gees wat Hy aan ons gegee het.’

 

Swaarkry kweek volharding en volharding kweek egtheid van geloof en egtheid van geloof kweek hoop.  So waar wil die Here ons uitbring in ons swaarkry?  By die hoop; die somer in ons lewe.

Waar ek myself ook al in my lewe bevind, in die swaarste of ligste tye van my lewe, weet ek altyd:

“This, too, shall pass”.

Jou storie is nog nie klaar nie. Die verhaal van jou lewe is dalk tans by ʼn antiklimaks of ʼn doodloopstraat. Troos jouself in die feit dat jou verhaal nog nie klaar is nie. Dit kan nie heeljaar winter wees nie, ook nie heeljaar somer nie. Die probleme en seer waarmee jy tans gekonfronteer word, sal binnekort plek maak vir die nuwe seisoen in jou lewe. Vertrou God met ʼn positiewe gees. Jou tydperk om te blom sal weer kom! Weet ook dat God jou nie in die nuwe seisoen sal laat ingaan as jy nie gegroei het in genade, lankmoedigheid en sagmoedigheid nie. Jy moet eers groei (Efesiërs 4:22).

God berei ons juis in die windermaande voor vir die somers in ons lewe. Leef dus voluit in hierdie seisoen van jou lewe en weet:

Die son sal weer skyn.

 

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