As a fact of nature’s law, all living things have a season. There is a season for birth, growth and death. It is how God created all things that live in and on the earth. As you might remember, it was called in The Lion King movie, the circle of life.
There are those, of course, who deny any existence of God or His creation but cannot give a confident reason for our existence or any other living thing upon the earth, including the earth itself.
Now, this is not going to be a debate or assertion about the creation of the world but rather a look at the grand work of the Almighty God. Whether those reading this believe in Him or not has no bearing here. I just want to state a fact that I feel comfortable in talking about because it is what I believe and how I see the world I live in.
Let’s start with something that I just love being around; trees. Yes, I love trees. For some reason, looking out of my windows and seeing trees just makes me feel good. When I lived in Virginia I had two trees just outside my window. One of those trees was a really slow bloomer but I would talk to it and encourage it to keep going and it would catch up to the other trees.
I know, you’re thinking the woman is a nut case. Think what you will, but I could see that tree trying to bud and bloom and I think, maybe it needed a little more carbon dioxide from me to help it along. You see, I think all living things work together and sometimes we help each other in ways that may not be evident to others.
Throughout God’s creation, every living thing has a life cycle of its own; some short and some long but each has its own purpose and contributes something to life in general.
We may look at some living things and wonder what purpose does that one have? Sometimes our reason for existence is not something that the eye can behold or that the mind can understand but God knows the purpose for every living thing he has created. We don’t have to know their purpose; only that they are part of God’s creation. We will not know all the whys and wherefores in this life and that is all part of God’s plan. You see, God doesn’t reveal everything to us; only what He feels we need to know at the present time. He knows that if we had everything spread out in front of us at one time, we would become confused and wouldn’t understand His ultimate goal for us, which is to return and be with Him. We are still somewhat in our infant stage of spiritual understanding of eternal things. It is enough that we understand the circle of life.
We, as well as every other living creature, have a time to be born; that is, a time to be brought into this world in absolute innocence. It is a time of joy when a new life comes into the world. At least, for those who look at a new life as something precious to be loved and nurtured until they can be on their own. Even those lives that will become huge and almost cumbersome creatures produce the cutest offspring and they welcome their new lives into the world as the treasures they are meant to be.
There are times, that for whatever reason, a mother will reject and not nurture her newborn. This is true with humans and animals, as well. The reasons are often hard to understand but because life is precious, there needs to be those who will step in and take those precious lives into their hearts and give them the love and nurturing they still need.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen and tiny lives are lost because of the lack of love and nurturing that they need. Gratefully, those who survive and are nurtured have an opportunity to go into their second season of life. This is the season where those lives have a chance to grow, become stronger, self-sufficient and able to take care of their needs. For some in the animal world this process happens in a fairly short time while others take longer.
Herein, is the second season. Human life is a long process of learning, developing character, physical and mental strength for learning new things, developing spiritual strength and awareness of who they are and of their place in the world. The result is that the new lives have developed a sense of independence that allows them to grow into able adults. This independence comes through the love and nurturing they received while yet, young and in need of guidance. There are times, however, that the lack of nurturing and training, gives some lives a stronger will to survive and become better to accomplish, sometimes, great things.
The human life is all about experiences and learning; neither of which ever really end until we reach that third season of life. For some, it is a life short-lived; for others, it can span many, many years filled with a volume of experiences and learning. Sometimes, those who live long, share them in ways that help mold new young lives into ones who seek new experiences and learning to pass down to the next generation. All of this is the part of life growth. We must grow as individuals, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually, as well and we must prepare ourselves to be the examples for other new lives to follow and continue to grow.
Then, we come to the death part of life that some people look at as being the final stage of life. In reality, it is only a stepping stone into a new and better life. During life’s journey, some people have been close to God and Jesus Christ and have tried to live a good life and do positive things with their lives. Still, they may have many challenges to overcome in this life. Others have denied even the existence of God and Jesus Christ, some have mocked them and have hardened their hearts against them that there is no room in their hearts for them. God loves His children and it pains Him to see some of His children deny Him and His son, Jesus Christ.
However, God, being a just God and a loving Father has prepared a place for all of His children; even those who deny Him. He knows that we don’t all obey His commandments as we should, some are more faithful than others and some display no faith, at all. Depending on whether we are with keeping commandments and being faithful to Him and Jesus Christ, determines where we will spend eternity.
We all know that eternity is a long time, without end. So where will we spend eternity? In John 14:2, Jesus says, “In my Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” God has prepared very well for all of His children and we will all either enter into one of those mansions if we’ve lived a good life or if we were evil and did not follow the commandments and did nothing but harm people along our way; never helping another who was lost, alone or in need and never repented, we will suffer the consequences. For those who lived with evil and never tried to turn away from it but embraced it, theirs will be an eternity in outer darkness where their souls will be racked with guilt and there will be no deliverance. It will feel like being in a lake of fire and brimstone and there will be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. The rest will be welcomed into one of the mansions He has prepared. He has mansions for every level of obedience to His commandments and service to those in need. He has thought of everything and everyone will be rewarded according to what they have done with their lives while here on earth.
He would like to see all of His children return to Him but He knows there will always be those who will turn away from Him and refuse the wonderful plan He has laid out for them. It makes Him sad and I’m sure He has shed many a tear because of those lost children. Those who stick with Him, trust Him, believe in Him and follow in the footsteps of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ are surrounded by His divine and eternal love and are blessed. I can’t think of a more loving and caring Father than that. He leaves no one out of His plan.
God doesn’t give us the answer to all of our problems in this life and sometimes we have to endure many things in this life that seem unfair, but if we endure them well and remain faithful and obedient to God’s commandments, no matter what, we will be rewarded in ways we can’t imagine. It’s hard to realize that sometimes when we are buffeted by pressures and challenges that come to us but remember, God has a plan for each of us that goes beyond this earth life and continues when we pass beyond the veil between life and death.
When we pass through that veil, we pass into a different and beautiful life. Guess what? We keep on learning, growing and serving in ways we never would have imagined and remember those ‘unanswered prayers’? They will finally be answered and we will know such joy that it will consume us and we will praise God forever.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m hoping for a celestial mansion with my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and hopefully, my family and I’m pretty sure there will be a Heavenly Mother there, too. Why else would He establish marriage between a man and a woman if He, too, didn’t have a wife. Remember, this is what I believe; you don’t have to.