Embrace the Seasons of Life

, by Christopher D. Hudson

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 

One of the keys to emotional health is accepting the seasons of life that make up our time on this earth.

King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, understood this. According to tradition, he authored the book of Ecclesiastes, in which he wrote:

For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. (3:1–8)

Some seasons are obvious; others aren’t immediately discernible. Some seasons begin slowly and gradually; others start suddenly, with a single incident. They all have a time and place. You can set a pattern of seasonal living in the year ahead by following four simple guidelines.

Stay in the moment. Wherever you are, be there—wholly. Don’t keep one eye on a screen. Don’t let your mind wander to other places, other topics, or other people. Obliviousness is a terrible reason to miss life’s big moments. Keep yourself in a frame of mind to fully experience the events unfolding around you. If you’re in church, worship with everything you’ve got. If you’re at the family dinner table, converse, laugh, and eat heartily. Put the smartphone down. If you’re having a conversation with someone, give that person your undivided attention. Be fully present at all times.

Everyone’s seasonal cycle is unique. A season of laughing for you may coincide with a season of mourning for your next-door neighbor. Be attentive to the seasons of those around you. Empathize with them. Feel what they feel. Follow the example of Jesus in John 11. He knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. Yet when Jesus saw Lazarus’s loved ones mourning his loss, he wept with them. He felt deeply what they were feeling. He entered their season of mourning so he could provide true comfort.

If you’re in a difficult or painful season, don’t keep it to yourself. Tell others. Don’t pretend every day is a dancing season just to make others feel more comfortable around you. Likewise, don’t try to avoid a season because you feel unprepared to deal with it. Share your situation with God, as well as with trusted friends and loved ones. Give them a chance to walk with you through whatever season you’re in.

If you notice that a season is lasting longer than it should—if, for example, you can’t shake feelings of mourning or hate—talk to a counselor. Share your thoughts, experiences, and concerns. A trusted professional may be able to give you the nudge you need to bring a season to a close so you can start a new one. 

This blog post was adapted from Unlock the Bible's Secrets, a special-edition magazine that is now available in stores.


  1. This is an awesome blog. I need this because I just lost my dad on 12/28/15. This scripture always brings forth healing and deliverance. Thank God for your word.

  2. This is an awesome blog. I need this because I just lost my dad on 12/28/15. This scripture always brings forth healing and deliverance. Thank God for your word.

  3. I really like this blog. I feel like without the different seasons in our life we don't really grow, we just kind of get stuck where we are at in life.

  4. Awesome, this is the scripture that we read at my husbands Memorial Service, we also read John 14 both of these allowed me the comfort I needed as we grieve his loss. Steven died of Small Cell Lung Cancer. I know that God is seeing me through this season of my life, it is more difficult than I thought it would be. It is like I am back on the emotional roller coaster ride. The thing that gets me through is knowing people are praying me through and that God sees my heart. The same God that carried my husband through the trials of Cancer will be the same God that carries me through the grieving process and the loss of my husband. I miss him terribly, there is a little Heavenly Envy going on. I want to be with him, god's timing not mine. Until then I learn to walk even closer to my Lord and Savior. Please keep me lifted in prayer as we all take this life that God has given to us, for granted. We must tell the unsaved and the unchurched that God is coming back and that we must repent of our sins, this is real people...get right with God, he is the answer to life's problems today! thanks for letting me share, I miss talking to my husband and sharing how god is so good!

  5. Linda, I'm sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing!