This life process is the sum total of the experiences that we have while living in our God given, earthly bodies. This process of life is lived and experienced in cycles. We should understand life is experienced through a series of cycles that we call failures or successes with the aim of maturing us for our created purpose. When we experience failures, they are only the compost of life that leads to growth. If we see these set-backs as stimuli that help us flourish, then we would not give up on our lives or our dreams when we have these catastrophic experiences but allow them to propel us forward. These challenges should be filtered through knowledge that they are part of life’s cycles. This can lead to a great expectation and hope for our future, because we understand, that which appears to be failure, is just part of the process of success in the cycles of life.
Genesis 8: 22 While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.
God gave life cycles in the very beginning. He declared, while the earth remains, there will be seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer and day and night, which shall not cease. We see in nature the cycles God has given life. It is seen as a constant loop of birth, life or the survival of life, death and birth again. This cycle symbolizes nature’s way of giving endless life back to earth and it expresses a natural and spiritual principle. Life is a continuous process, it is sacred and divine, which represents the infinite nature of energy that flows from God.
Jesus spoke of this principle with the parable which says, unless the seed falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain. This is a spiritual process or the cycle of life; to die to one’s self-interest, to humble ourselves as to die to pride and self-importance so to give one’s self freely for others. This life will produce much fruit in the lives of those that are impacted. To those who refuse to die to self, pride and narcissistic tendencies, will remain alone. We see this all too well in the lives of people who live selfishly. They tend to end up alone but those who sacrifice themselves for others, tend to live a fuller life.
John 12:24-25 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
The Bible tells us to observe things in nature, so it may teach us life lessons on how to live productive lives. The natural world is a tapestry where spiritual lessons of life are seen. People are born and the events of their lives tell their story until their bodies die in the natural state. But, because we are spirit and energy, our spirits will never cease to be. This is the cycle of life; we see life being born, the body dies and then is transformed into a different form of energy that enriches the ground and produces more life. We can do the same spiritually; die to self, so we may sow good seed into the lives of others.
Though our bodies will die, our spirit will live eternally as it is the created energy of God who is eternal. Our few years of life are gifts from God that we have been given for the purpose of being God’s representatives and ambassadors for His kingdom as we go through this process of life on earth.
Proverbs 30: 24- 28 There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces.
Life works in cycles, seedtime and harvest. The earth is circular and the galaxy rotates in cycles around planets. Time is viewed in cycles; the rising and going down of the sun, winter and summer seasons and the truism of what goes around, comes around. If we see life’s events as a process lived in cycles, then we will understand that everything will change and nothing will remain the same. These things we are experiencing, bad or good, will in time pass.
When we learn to live life in light of these cycles, then the things life takes us through will be seen as life lessons learned so we may grow and mature through these times. We can live a life full of expectation with hope for what the future has in store, because we understand the process and have faith in God who created us for the purpose of succeeding and reflecting His life.
The cycle of life is a gift from God, regardless of how it is conceived or viewed by this world system. Every life that is born is precious to God and has the potential of being like Christ’s life.