Many of us would agree that life has it ups and downs. Wise King Solomon believed this and reflected on our responses in fluctuating circumstances. In the book of Ecclesiastes, he wrote: "To everything these is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven; . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance" (3:1-4).

In the Bible Solomon's father, David, was called "a man after God's own heart" (1Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). However, David's life shows how life is filled with seasons of up and downs. David cried over his and Bathsheba's first child who was fatally ill. Yet he also wrote songs of praise and joyous laughter. Even with the death of his rebellious son Absalom, David went through a time of deep sadness.

It is a disservice to ourselves and others, when we portray the Christian life as peaceful and happy all the time. Instead, the Bible portrays the believer's life as consisting of seasons of ups and downs. In what season are you? Whether a time of joy or sadness, you will find that each season should motivate us to seek the Lord and trust Him. Each season in life needs faith to help each of us through.