There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens - Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
Spring has always been my favorite time of the year. I remember being in school and looking forward to Spring. Spring is a time of renewal, a time where bears awaken from their hibernation, flowers start to bloom and people can put away their winter coats. The Spring season to me signifies a time where hope is born again and you have the opportunity to start over.
As we wrap up the series 'God Wastes Nothing', I am reminded of the fact that we, like nature, need all of the seasons. Each season has a specific purpose and works wonderfully according to God's design. As much as I would like my life to be in Spring mode all the time, I know that I would not be the person that I am today without the other seasons. The same holds true for each and every one of you. All of your life's experiences, whether they be good or bad, are all a part of the design that God has to bring you to a specific place. The key to learning is to embrace the experiences and learn from it. Can you imagine what your life would be like without adversity? How would you grow? A great example, and one that you have probably heard is that of a butterfly. The butterfly starts out as a caterpillar and then creates a cocoon. When it is time, the butterfly makes a hole in the cocoon and starts to work its way out. This struggle is beneficial for the butterfly because during the butterfly’s struggle to push its way through the tiny opening of the cocoon, it pushes the fluid out of its body and into its wings. Without the struggle, the butterfly would never, ever fly. This holds true for us. Without a struggle, we as men will never learn to fly. As much as I would love to have Spring weather 365 days a year, I realize that's not possible nor is it practical. Just like Mother Nature, we need to have all 4 seasons in our life as each serves a unique and useful purpose.
In closing, I want to reiterate the importance of using the experiences that God sends your way to grow as a person. I hope that you have benefited from some of the experiences that I shared that has shaped my outlook on life. At the time that I was going through some of my trials and tribulations, I did not see what the benefit of those experiences were. It was only when I looked back did I began to appreciate what God was communicating to me and knew that 'God Wastes Nothing.'
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.