Kids get a lot of exposure when they are young to God’s seasons of summer, spring, fall and winter. Yet, we rarely teach kids about the other seasons God sometimes gives us and always guides us through. Now if you are like me, the first time I heard about these other seasons, I was a bit puzzled.
I was in a Bible study and a friend shared about the season she was in and how she would be thankful when the next season arrived. She went on to explain that just like the stages children go through as they grow, God either provides and/or guides us through the various seasons of our lives.
You may have a season with small children or a season when everyone is sick or even a season when it seems like blessings are literally being poured down in buckets on your family. Some seasons last a day and some may last for years. Unlike the weather, you can have multiple seasons happening in your life at the same time. The important thing to teach your children is not which season they are in or how long it will last.
The most important thing to teach your kids about seasons in their lives is that God is always willing to walk with them through any season if they will let Him. Explain to them how God can help them endure the tough seasons and sweeten their enjoyment of the wonderful ones. Teach them how God has a plan for their lives and can use any season to help them grow spiritually or help them serve others and share their faith. Tell them sometimes seasons are about the lessons we need to learn to become the people God wants us to be.
Teaching your kids about God’s seasons can give them hope. Realizing God is willing to help them handle the tough times and enjoy the wonderful times makes a huge difference. Realizing a season does eventually change, will help them remember that when they have a rough time, it probably won’t last for ever. God will help them handle it and guide them through it. Sometimes knowing God is there crying with you and holding your hand can make all of the difference in the world.
So as the leaves being to change, take some time to teach your child about God’s seasons. Tell them how God has helped you through the good and bad times in your life. You will be giving them a wonderful gift they can use again and again.