I was sitting on my porch one recent Spring night during a thunderstorm. I love storms as long as they’re not too severe and damaging.
April in Indiana can be so fickle, with winter like temperatures one day and eighty degrees the next, while all the rest can fluctuate anywhere in between.
I began thinking about the seasons of Nature, and came to surmise that each season has its own reason for being, for God had a perfect plan in that.
Winter brings rest when the weather keeps us closer to home, and there’s less to do outside. It gives us an excuse of sorts to not go out, to hunker down, and just stay in after we get home from a long day of work or school.
Spring brings hope at just the right moment, when we’re so over winter and starting to succumb to cabin fever. The days are staying lighter longer, the bitter cold is retreating, while our spirits are being rejuvenated as the earth is being renewed once again.
Summer brings fun and carefree days in all there is to do and enjoy as it welcomes in all the things we haven’t seen or been able to do for what seems like such a very long while; beach time, swimming, outdoor activities…and yes, my favorite, flip flops and sandals.
Fall brings a sense of relief, a reprieve of sorts, when we’re just so worn out from the heat, humidity and all that Summer fun. The season of Autumn brings the most beautiful blue skies, trees that evolve into amazing hues, and temperatures that are refreshingly pleasant.
I often think how nice it would be (in those dead of Winter days, and crazy Spring fluctuations) to live in a stable and perfect climate all of the time…and then I realize it most likely would not.
For as seasons change, they bring whatever is necessary for the next season to enter with all its glory and purpose. Natures seasons each perfectly prepare the earth for rest, renewal and growth to continually maintain all that is necessary for its constant needs and beauty.
The seasons of life do much the same thing as they teach us, build our characters and prepare us for what lies ahead. Life is truly a perpetually evolving classroom of many seasons, always bringing something to keep us moving, even when in many moments we may not see or understand it as such.
Just as Winter always brings Spring, and Spring precedes Summer, while Summer leads into Fall continually over and over, each “life” season brings its own renewal. Each “life” season leaves us with a special gift to enable us to fully appreciate every stage of life we walk through.
Times of joy, times of loss, times to celebrate, times to endure and just get through, continually change from one season to the next. Some will be more difficult, while others will bring a joy that allows us to flow on through, and just say “aahhh”.
To stay in one stagnant place forever, one season that never changes, would truly lead us nowhere. Only with change comes transformation and growth, and change is what makes life worthwhile and interesting, bringing hope for something new to always look forward to.
Embrace the joyful seasons more, grow closer to God as you get through those that are “tougher”, and always hold onto your faith and trust knowing that each season has its own beautiful purpose for your life.
Every season has its own reason, and even in death, we will be made new once again to live the best season of all…a beautiful “eternal” season with Him.