Whether we like it or not, change is going to come.
It won’t be long now until the kids are back in school; the days will be shorter, the nights will grow longer and there’ll be an invigorating chill in the air. Trips to the beach will give way to mountain getaways where we’ll marvel at Mother Nature in all her leaf glory. They’ll be football games and the smell of bonfires will fill the air. They’ll be plenty of “comfort” foods and of course pumpkin spice everything will be found everywhere. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are the “predictable” seasons of life…usually anticipated; frequently celebrated.
The other seasons of life are the “unpredictable” ones…the ones that are beyond our control; we didn’t see them coming…we’re blindsided by them. These are oftentimes the more difficult seasons because they bring about pain and confusion. These are the seasons of cancer, divorce, financial ruin, troubled children, empty nests, loneliness, sadness and death…to name a few. In life there will always be seasons of success and failure, winning and losing, good times and bad. Sometimes the things we sow in one season (the good stuff) won’t bring a harvest until another season and our patience gets tested. The opposite is also true when it comes to the “not so good” stuff in life that we sow…that’s where God’s grace and mercy come in. The bottom line is we can’t have a harvest if we don’t plant anything so we should always be sowing and reaping.
There’s always a reason for the “unpredictable” seasons that we’re in and we won’t always understand the purpose until we’ve made it through. The changing seasons in life and how we respond to them can make or break who we are because with every change comes a loss. We should always look for the message in each season of life as God has a purpose in every one of them for those who love Him.
There’s a saying that’s been around a long time and it goes something like this…”two things in life are certain…death and taxes”. I believe there should be a third thing added to the list…change…because it is inevitable.
One other type of season in life that is more “personal” in nature is when we decide to make a change. It’s pretty easy to live a passive life…to just sit back and take whatever comes our way…holding on to what we have and resisting change. But is that really living? Change is scary but what I’ve come to realize is that living a life full of regrets is even scarier.
As I write this post, I’m entering into a scary new season of my life…both a “predictable” and an “unpredictable” one; a self-imposed season. This new season is one that doesn’t come without loss or at an uncertain cost…but when it’s all said and done, I’m willing to take the risk. It’s exciting and it feels good to be alive again! It’s great to have a fresh start, a clean palette and to see what God has in store for me. There’s one thing for sure about a season like this…failure’s not an option and the trip won’t be boring!
So what season in life are you in right now? Is it a “predictable” season, an “unpredictable” one or a combination of both?
I have two favorite songs that remind me of fall…one is “No Such Thing” by John Mayer because the lyrics remind me of being back in high school and this one by Carole King just because it’s appropriate and a great song.