The cycle of seasons that we experience here in the Midwest is one of the main reasons I stay. The vigor of summer fades into the varied red, gold, and yellow hues of autumn before the white blanked of winter is pulled up tight under the landscape’s chin. Then as the breezes warm, new life sprouts and throws off the quilt of winter, bursting from its slumber in freshness and newness of life. I love how the seasons change.
This changing is not only found in nature around us but also in our lives – in the very fiber of who are. There are seasons of life just as there are seasons of the year. There are times when we are strong and vigorous, stretching out our branches and growing to new heights. Then there are times when we feel slow and run down, withered and weary from work. At times we are snug as a bug in a rug and fast asleep as the world just passes us by…as if we’re just along for the ride. When we finally begin to stir from our slumber and find new hope beginning to flow, we jump up out of our beds having found new life and new dreams and new strength. This cycle repeats for each and all, over and over. Some seasons are longer and some are shorter and sometimes they may seem piled up on one another and you’re not quite sure what you should do or who you should be.
One of my favorite passages in the Bible is repeated many, many times and these five short words have brought me considerable encouragement in all of the seasons of my life: “And it came to pass”. All of the events and circumstances that we face in life are not here to stay; they all come and then go. Both the good and the bad begin then end. Understanding this thought should give us rest when things are good and hope when times are tough. A time to catch our breath, a time to hold it, and a time to sigh relief. A reason to believe and a reason to keep believing. I am reminded of an old Imperials song:
He didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn’t build his home in us to move away. He didn’t lift us up to let us down.
So be encouraged! It isn’t over but it will be…time moves on and seasons change and this…whatever season you are in…too shall pass.