I walked outside this morning to a pleasant surprise: a nip in the air. After one crazy, humid, hot summer in the south, I have to admit that I got a little excited.
I love the change of seasons. It forces me to look at the world a bit differently. In the summer, I never notice individual leaves. But in the fall, when one turns a brilliant shade of orange or a vibrant violet, it catches my attention if only for a moment.
How similar are our seasons in life. Some seasons are meant for us to blend: each day a monotony of tasks and – like blades of grass – seemingly identical from the rest.
Then, suddenly our summer fades into fall. Our lives begin to shift and we become vibrant and beautiful with a brilliant purpose: to stand out from the rest.
Days are filled with a vigor unlike the season before. Each one bringing with it a cool breeze refreshing us from the stagnancy and oppressiveness that so often accompanies the end of summer. We feel alive and rejuvenated. There is a spring in our step (pardon the pun), and our souls seem to dance.
I’m wondering what season you are in.
Are you feeling oppressed by the monotony of your summer? Then, step outside for a moment and inhale deeply the crisp, fresh, fall air. See how the leaves swing and sway? Perhaps that is evidence of the season to come.
Or perhaps you are already in a season of fall, and winter is heading your way. As you brace yourself for the chill, enjoy the season of rest and, remember: spring always comes.
Enjoy whatever season you are in knowing that the days of each one are numbered by God himself and each serves His purpose. Let the wisdom of King Solomon settle into your soul.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.