Seasons of Life

Trudy Maassen Vander Haar

READ : Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The woods behind our house is splashed with color from God’s paintbrush! Last Fall we had a week’s vacation at Squaw Valley, California. It was early October and we anticipated the best that Fall can give. That’s exactly what we got for six hours. Then suddenly Winter moved in, much too early, with far below normal temperatures. We shivered in our Fall jackets. Friends from Sacramento had planned to visit us that day, but without chains, they couldn’t go over the Donner Pass. What a disappointment!

But that evening, grilling our hamburgers out in the snow, we met another couple braving the falling white stuff. It turned out they had grown up in towns near where we had once lived and they were Christians. We talked a long time in the bone-chilling weather, warmed by the many things we had in common with these new friends. What a serendipity!

We are not winter sports enthusiasts. That evening I said to my husband, “We’d never choose to come up here in ski season, but this unseasonable snow storm has allowed us to enjoy the thousands of snow-covered pine trees that cover the mountainside.” Another serendipity! In our disappointments, God often brings pleasant surprises if our eyes are open to see them. God controls the seasons of our lives.


Lord, when Your timing is not our timing, help us to behold Your goodness and mercy. In Jesus’ name. Amen.