Rhythm in music is about timing. 


It's a pattern also found in nature.

We all ebb and flow, cycling 


through Spiritual seasons; yet, 

unless we understand this... we can struggle to 


understand why our lives are going in directions 


we had not expected.

The gardener and farmer knows that there is a time


for sowing and a season for reaping. An experienced 


farmer knows, reaping is in the sowing because the 


seeds sown into the ground contain the harvest. 

A farmer is more likely to be delighted in reaping


 a harvest than in getting the soil nurtured, prepared, 


sowing seeds, tending, removing troublesome weeds,


 etc., from the crop or garden, but we cannot be 


gratified by one... without the other.

The farmer knows there is no reaping 

without sowing.

Our senses are aware of the rhythm of the world


 around us. Moments before it rains, an earthy smell, 


known as petrichor, permeates the air. The smell actually 


comes from the moistening of the ground. It is a distinct, 


generally pleasant smell. The smell of the air lets us 


know what kind of weather is likely to happen. 


Even the transitional storms in our lives are 


necessary to clear the atmosphere of those things 


that may be keeping us from fully experiencing 


the seasons. Sometimes, the hardest storms to get 


through are the ones our souls need most, to fully 


experience life.

Whether we are prepared for our season or not, 


the seasons of our lives, and seasons of uncertainty, 


are going to unfold.



Our journey through life along with its trials,


 tribulations, sorrows, and joys have the same 


unfolding, emergence, movement or tendencies 


as the cycle of the seasons and rhythms of nature.

Life is full of physical, emotional, and Spiritual 


storms. Storms are a natural part of life's 


rhythGod sends us, for our growth



Rain is grace. Rain and snow are key elements 


in the Earth's water cycle, which is vital to all 


life on Earth. Rain and snow are the key 


elements that fill our lakes and rivers, rejuvenates 


the underground aquifers and reservoirs. The rain 


and snow provides water to plants and animals. 


Without rain, there would be no life. 



No matter how strong the storm is or was… at 


the appropriate time, the sun will shine again...


flooding our path with light and driving out the 


darkness.

We are synchronized with 

God’s timing.

Life's Rhythm helps us recognize what season 


we are in, and it helps to bring into focus who 


we are and why we are here.

Life’s rhythms are genetically 


"hard-wired" into our cells, 


tissues, and organs.

The human body has visible rhythms like the


 natural movement for the heart to open and 


close rhythmically thousands of times 


throughout the day and the very act of breathing.

Through bodily functions that affect our ability to


switch between wakefulness and sleep...we can 


find God’s planned rhythm.


 The grace of universal rhythms is expressed in 


the New Moon, First Quarter Moon, Full Moon, 


and Last Quarter Moon phases. 

We can embrace the rhythms expressed in the 


extraordinary ebb and flow of the tides.

Rhythms are also expressed in the earth’s rotation


 on its axis relative to the sun every 24 hours.

According to the National Oceanic and 


Atmospheric Administration, the cycle of


 seasons is caused by Earth's tilt toward the


 sun. 


The planet rotates around an (invisible) 


axis. At different times during the year, the 


northern or southern axis is closer to the sun. 


During these times, the hemisphere tipped 


toward the star experiences summer, while 


the hemisphere tilted away from the sun 


experiences winter.

God carries out His plans in


 seasons... 


always a fitting time.



God is God of seasons,

 


and God is at work in all seasons…



 even in seasons when we don’t see much activity.

The changing of the four different seasons that 


rotate throughout every year happens...


 rhythmically. 

God nurtures us and grows us 


through different seasons until we 


are equipped for the harvest. 


God has planned the seasons of our lives 


with infinite wisdom.


 He has ordained each one, 


knowing exactly what fruit is to be harvested


 during each period.

Our lives cycle through seasons, and we are 


synchronized with God's divine timing. 


God created the seasons with a specific 


purpose. Just like the seasons in nature, 


we all move through spiritual seasons 


of spring, summer, fall, and winter. 


We move from one spiritual season to the 


next. Some of them are upbeat and jubilant, 


and some are dismal, sorrowful, and bereaved. 


Some are productive while others seem reckless, 


cavalier, and destructive; 


some enliven and arouse peace 


and others bring pain, discomfort, and


 trouble, but all of them are necessary for us 


to learn, grow, and evolve as spiritual beings.


All forms of life on earth, including our bodies,


 respond rhythmically to the natural cycles 


of the sun, moon, and seasons.


Natural rhythms and movements will flow


 through as we mature.

God knows that for the full and balanced 


evolution of our character, the seasons are 


imperative.


God uses the seasons 


to work out His character in us 


and bring us to maturity.

When we think in terms of music, rhythm is the


 strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or


 sound. So, then, Life's Rhythm is the strong, regular,


repeated pattern by which people do life.


Not all seasons are going to be harmonious 


and serene. We must not abhor our season, 


but we must embrace it regardless of how 


arduous a particular season may be… 


the seasons are necessary! 

God knows that for the full and balanced


 evolution of our character, the seasons are


 imperative. God uses the seasons to work


 out His character in us and bring us to 


maturity.


Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 represents all the seasons and the 


important changes of our lives. Some are joyful times,


others sorrowful; some are creative and fruitful while 


others seem useless and wasteful; some inspire love 


and peace and others bring heartbreak and pain. 


We should remember that every new beginning 


imposes an ending... sometimes even a death.



Each respective season is necessary for us to 


learn, grow, and evolve as spiritual beings. These


 experiences are not calculated or premeditated. 


If we look closely enough, each experience 


brings into view a loving, divine purpose that 


we can learn to trust.

"For everything there is a season, and a time 


for every purpose under heaven.


Ecclesiastes 3:1


When nothing seems to make sense, if we find 


God’s presence in life, that’s when real meaning


 and satisfaction will emerge. Life without God 


is hopeless, but a life lived for God and in


 acknowledgement of his divine presence is one 


marked by fruitfulness and significance. 



The seasons of joys and the seasons of hardships, 


the high and the low seasons, the valleys of despair 


and the peaks of honor. This is the ebb and flow of 


life that we can anticipate, and when we keep God at 


the center, we can flourish when we live in rhythm


 with creation and with God. Purpose will emerge 


and refining of our hearts will take place.



In creation, we are constantly experiencing 


life's rhythm... God’s rhythmic imprint. 


"There is a time for everything, and a season for 

every activity under the heavens" - If you are in 

certain season of life, you can be confident the 

season will come to an end at some point. 


We will get over our sorrows. We will get out 


of the valley. We will go through hardships. And 


whatever season of life we find ourselves in, it 


will have a beginning and it will have an end. 


We will enter new seasons, too. Ones that bring 


relief, hope, or a deeper sense of faith.


Ecclesiastes 3:1 affirms two important reminders: 


The things we go through in life are not in vain, 


and our situations will not last forever. 



There are obvious rhythms of the climate. The tides


 ebb and flow. Seasons and people change. Night 


inevitably follows day and vice versa. Birds migrate


 and return. "Everything that happens in this 


world happens at the time God chooses."


When Scripture declares that for everything there 


is a season, this means that the various circumstances 


we go through in life are not by incident, but 


orchestrated or allowed by God with great purpose


 and intentionality. 


Our circumstances will change and that is something


 we can come to expect in life. Whatever God takes


 us through has purpose... perhaps to deepen our faith


 or to help us achieve breakthrough in an area of life.


To every thing there is a season, and a time to


 every purpose under the heaven. 


– Ecclesiastes 3:1

Part of God’s great design to this earth is seasons. 


We experience wet and dry seasons, the typical 


four seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall, 


and there are planting seasons and harvesting 


seasons. We see creation moving through 


seasons each year, and we ourselves live 


through seasons, as well. 



"There's an opportune time to do things, a 


right time for everything on the earth." 


In these seasons we learn to depend on and 


come to expect things. So, too, we find in 


the Bible that our lives go through seasons.


We all, at some point will experience seasons 


of sadness, loss, joy, newness, and growth. 


All of these life seasons are intentional and 


God’s influence in them should be 


acknowledged and counted on. 



"Everything has its own time, and there is a 


specific time for every activity under heaven" 


The flow of life is a process of change. 


We must learn to accept the process and 


go with it. There's no stopping it anyway.


With God, we are always responding to 


something He is doing.

Creation is rhythmic. 


In every part of creation we can find rhythm,


pulses, and beats.

 

Our vitality, joy, and peak quality of being


are more likely to be garnered... 


by the kind of life rhythm we are by natural character 


or ability aligned to. 


Natural rhythms and movements 


will flow through as we mature.

Each activity and habit we engage in...


each relationship and each responsibility...


are “moments” that are the beats of life. 

All beings have their appointed cycle of seasons 


and changes of circumstances or fortune


just as the sun, wind, and water.

There is an appointed time for every matter in life....

ordered by a powerful, wise, and gracious Providence.

We can look to the trees to sway in time...


with life's rhythm.

In our spiritual seasons, 


we will notice changes in every 


element of our life.

Every person goes through 


natural and spiritual seasons.


Seasons dictate to us how we dress and


what activities we engage in.

 

Seasons have a lot to do with 


our moods and our attitude.


Each season brings with it


 its own potential dangers, and beauty.


Seasons affect every aspect of our lives!

Our actions, during each season, 


and the timing of our actions 


are important to God.

“He has made everything beautiful 


in its time”


Ecclesiastes 3:11

Nothing is before or after


its prescribed time. 

Life is comprised of various seasons.

God is so orderly that He divided 


the year into four quarters 


and we know those times as:


Winter, Spring, Summer 



and Fall.

 God has, perfectly, placed each season in sequence.



 Spring is not intrinsically a better season than winter,


nor is summer better than spring. 



Each season plays its essential part


in the unfolding of the life cycle.

WINTER is the season with limited sunlight, 


the shortest days, and the coldest weather. 


Most trees are barren, 


and the flowers have withered and died.

Winter is a fallow, quiet time in which


the previous growth comes to an end


and the possibility of new growth is created.


Winter is the time for evolution,


brainstorming, formulating, 


and doing the necessary groundwork 


for the approaching season.


It is the ultimate transitional period. 


The cold of winter can cause us to 


retreat within ourselves


 for rest, renewal, and creativity.


Unless the creative work of winter is done


and the seeds take root, nothing further can grow.

Spring is the arrival of new life.


Spring brings new leaves and blossoms on the trees.

Spring is the time to break up fallow ground. 


It is time to plant and implement the lessons/instructions 


extracted from our winter experience.

Spring is also a time of blossoming,


when the fruits of the winter's labor 


begin to be realized.


The blossoms will not appear


unless the seeds have been nourished,


and the blossoms in turn make way


for the blooming of flowers.

Summer marks the warmest time of year 


with the longest days.


Summer is a time of spiritual development,


fruit bearing, and flowers in full bloom!


Summer is the time to water what has been planted. 


It is also time to clear out the weeds.


Summer is the time to pause and reflect.


It is a time to plow up and cultivate the soil.

Fall is a time of maturity, fruition, and reaping.


Fall is the time of harvest.

 

Fall is the time when you will see evidence


 of your hard work.

 So too with our 


developmental periods.

 The sequence of each season follows


God's prescribed course. 

The proper activity at the right time, 


brings about God’s purposes, 


and it is a beautiful rhythmic part 


of God’s overall plan.

All of the seasons are necessary for us 


to learn, grow, and evolve as spiritual beings.


 When facing a difficult time of transition or loss...


may we trust God's perfectly Divine timing.



There is a time for everything, 


and a season for every activity 


under heaven.

Nothing in life is static for long.

Each major transition in our lives has a divine purpose.

Those transitional storms are necessary


to clear the atmosphere of old ways of thinking


that may be keeping us from fully experiencing 


the next seasons of our lives.

God has a reason and a season 


for all things.

There never seems to be a "Best" time to die,


to go to war, or to cry. 


Yet, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 speaks deeply to us because,


while our emotions may not easily adapt to it,


there is a season for all things.

There are certain times appointed by God 


for our being and continuance, 


which no human wit or providence can alter.

There is a time to be born

 

 and a time to die.

There was a time when none of us existed


and there will be a time when all of us will cease to be.


There is a time to plant

and a time to uproot,

a time to kill

and a time to heal,

 a time to tear down

and a time to build,

 a time to weep

and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn

and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones

 and a time to gather stones,

a time to embrace

and a time to refrain,

a time to search

and a time to give up,

a time to keep

and a time to throw away,

a time to tear

and a time to mend, 

  a time to be silent

and a time to speak,

a time to love

a time to hate,

a time for war

and a time for peace.

The realities of life surround us all.

And while the "Why" may escape us...

the rhythm of life and death 

is as dependable 

as the rising and setting of the sun. 

 

Various things in life are certain to happen. 

These events are not random

neither are they under human control.

Recognizing the seasons

will help us cope with life's 

inevitable difficulties.

May we see the hand of God, 

feel the hand of God

and recognize the gift of God

in each season. 


With an awareness and appreciation 

for the season we are in

we will be able to 

step into new spiritual truths 

with a greater ability 

to flow in the power of God. 


God is doing a unique work in us

 in each season. 

 Each season is preparation 

for the next season to come, 

and each season is a part of 

what needs to be accomplished 

in our lives. 


Staying connected to God 

in each season is key. 

This allows us to grow and produce, 

in due season,

the choicest fruit of righteousness

God desires.

May we live in rhythm 

with our current life stage realizing...

no matter how we view the season 

we can claim... 

Romans 8:28: 

"And we know that God causes everything

 to work together for the good 

of those who love God 

and are called according 

to God's purpose for them."

God has specific purposes 

for each season of our lives. 

As we learn to recognize 

and embrace the season we are in...

we will better understand 

God's purpose for our lives.


May we develop our rhythm with God 

so that we may walk victoriously... 

into each season. 

                                        

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