Song Spotlight: Seasons
I love me a good farm metaphor. So many powerful examples can be drawn from observing nature and the created order. We see imagery reflecting planting and harvest, branches and fruit, weeds and fertile soil strewn all throughout Scripture. You know a metaphor is good when Jesus himself indulges in the lessons it yields to our lives.
The song I’ve chosen to spotlight this week is off of Hillsong Worship’s most recent Christmas album, and its relationship to Christmas is both subtle and beautiful.
And its farm metaphors have been rocking me this holiday season.
I tend to use the word “season” quite often in my life, as I have found myself in a very unique place over the past year. I have been in an unexpected season: one that has yielded incredible challenge, and irreversible growth. One that I would never have asked for, yet I wouldn’t change if given the chance. I have found beauty in unexpected places, and encountered God in brand new ways.
Often we wish our seasons away. We rush through them as we anticipate what is coming next, and especially when a season is difficult. We sing of “overcoming it” rather than pushing into it and committing to absorb every lesson God might have to teach us.
The song “Seasons” explores the concept of being patient in the phase God has you in. God is the King of all seasons, so He knows where He has you, why He has you there, and how long He wants to keep you there. So relax, lean into Him, and don’t miss the journey He has you on.
My favorite lines of this song are found in the bridge:
“If all I know of harvest
Is that it’s worth my patience
Then if You’re not done working
God I’m not done waiting…
For all I know of seasons
Is that You take Your time
You could have saved us in a second
Instead You sent a child.”
God’s timing is always perfect, and most likely won’t match our timeline. But we see God prove His perfect plan to us both in the testimonies he writes in each of our lives, and in the example He gives us throughout Scripture.
Choosing to redeem humanity by sending His only Son as a human child is the most unexpected way for the God of the universe to save his Creation. Yet it yielded the perfect result.
So whatever season you may find yourself in this holiday season, may you rest in the confidence that our God does good work, and that every phase we pass through holds the hope of a great harvest.
“Like a seed You were sown
For the sake of us all
From Bethlehem’s soil
Grew Calvary’s sequoia”