Seasons

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I have a favorite season of the year. Spring. I love it for all the “sappy” reasons: trees budding, flowers blooming, life emerging. Sounds like an Emerson poem. My least favorite, don’t hate me, is Autumn. Yes, beautiful leaves are changing, etc. But, for me, it’s a reminder that the cold, the starkness of the landscape, and the days growing shorter are just around the corner.

However, as I look out my office window today, I can’t help but be captured by the changing color of a bunch of Chinese Pistache trees. In this moment, I’m caught up in the wonder of the cycles of life that God engineered into our world. Now, mind you, I won’t start singing “Circle of Life” from The Lion King. But, there is something to it.

Every season has a purpose. If I use a broad stroke to paint a picture, it might look something like this. Autumn is all about change and preparation. It’s a time of anticipation for the changes that are coming.  Winter could be characterized by some as cold, often dark, lonely, and quiet, and it seems like not much is happening. Spring is the time of new birth and explosive growth.  A time of renewal and newness. Finally, Summer seems like things go on autopilot.  A time to sit back and rest.

Here’s the thing about seasons, especially the seasons of our life, you never know how long they’ll last. They’re beyond your control. They’re also rather confusing. You may not understand what’s going on. Seasons include good and bad. But here’s what I know to be true. What I sow in one season, I’ll reap in another. So, don’t hate the seasons of your life.  Learn, observe, grow, adapt, find joy, anticipate the future, and always remember God has a purpose for you and me in each season of life. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

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