My name is Season.
It’s not Summer, Spring, Susan, Caesar, or Seasons. Just Season. No, it’s not a stage name, my parents didn’t hate me, they weren’t on drugs, and they weren’t hippies (ok, maybe they were hippies, it was the late 70’s). No, my middle name isn’t just as crazy, it’s Elizabeth. And no, my siblings names aren’t Sunshine or Moonbeam, I am an only child.
I’ve heard it ALL – every joke, pun, and clever comeback (I can assure you, they are almost never clever or original). I’ve been rendered speechless by some people’s lack of tact and care.
I hated my name when I was younger.
I never understood why my parents chose to name me Season. I asked them so many times only to be given answers like, “we just liked it,” or “it was that, or Emily.” I was never satisfied, and actually felt worse because I had no answer to the prodding questions from strangers. It wasn’t until I was older that my mom said to me, “you came at the right time, it was the perfect season.”
When I was little I had a yarn art piece hanging in my bedroom that said “winter, spring, summer, or fall, you’re our favorite Season of all.” (My mom made it, she was crafty and it was the 70’s…It’s so strange to me that yarn art is coming back in style!). I discovered that my name was from Ecclesiastes 3:1, To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.
What a relief! Not only was there a reason, it’s from scripture! That’ll show them!
But really, it showed me.
As I got older I discovered more about what my mom meant when she would tell me that I was hard to come by, or that it was the right season for the Lord to give them me. Much of what I learned came after she died – she was 49 and I was 26. I longed for more information. I was desperate to ask her questions that I never knew to ask when she was alive. But to know that she really knew God’s grace and had confidence enough in His plan to celebrate it in her only child’s name, has satisfied me until I see her again in heaven.
This revelation changed the way I saw my name. I began to be proud to introduce myself, and even more proud to have an answer to the inevitable questions.
When I look back over my life I often see it in seasons. There are times of peace, pain, growth, celebration, waiting, and discovery. They are all marked, and they change, much like the times of the year. I find so much encouragement knowing that there is purpose to these seasons. They are not arbitrary. They are intentional. There will be change, and it’s not bad! God’s grace and timing is perfect.
If you don’t like change, I understand. It can be hard! But take a look at the seasons and you’ll see a great example as to why these specific times are important. They build on each other. In order for there to be a bountiful harvest there must be a whole process that takes time, and often looks bleak! In order for flowers to grow the seed must die. In order for there to be green grass there must be rain. There is beauty in the process, and it never stops.
It helps to try to recognize the season you are in so you can appreciate God’s work. Remembering that his timing is perfect and full of purpose helps us to go with it instead of resist it.
I’m so thankful that my parents took a risk and celebrated the Lord’s goodness through my name. I invite you to look at your life and celebrate the seasons.
Tell me, what season are you currently in?
Joyful and proud to be,
Season is daughter of the Most High King. After spending over 30 years performing on stage (from the time she could walk) the Lord called her into full-time ministry. That led Season to pursue her Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary in San Diego and to join christianmingle.com in 2011. One led her to graduate with her M.Div in May of 2016 and the other led her to her husband Kris and 3 daughters (Aubrey 14, Alana 13, and Aireana 11).
Passionate about freedom and healing, releasing the glory of God, and telling the best story well – through preaching and teaching, Season has big dreams and prays even bigger. She and her husband LOVE to travel and are always ready with a YES to whatever and wherever the Holy Spirit leads. While full of life and supernatural joy, Season is also almost always full of iced tea.