06 Dec Seasons in Faith
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Fall has always been a time of reflection for me. There’s something about all of the natural changes that happen in the landscape during this time that never fail to lead me to think about where I am right now, and the changes that have happened in my own life. There are so many wonderful, terrible, exciting, and confusing things that can happen within the span of a year. Prayers get answered and faith gets tested, and there are so many lasting memories made. It’s also during this time of reflection that I recognize just how many aspects of the here and now I want to be finished so I can go on to the next part.
Just like the weather, our lives have seasons. There is good and bad in every season too. Some love the winter chill while others just can’t wait for summer sunshine, and I think we often frame the phases of our lives within this same mindset. It’s easy to get fixated on the challenges that face us now, and alleviate present stresses by wishing for a future where they won’t impede on our lives anymore.
However, unlike the weather, there are some seasons of our lives that won’t be back again next year. So rather than think about how ready we are for the next part of our lives, for school to end, for kids to grow up, for anything that is yet to happen, let’s instead focus on the good within the here and now.
Contemplate the little moments in your day that are taken for granted. Life is full of fleeting moments that don’t come back around, and there’s so much beauty to be seen. You WILL finish school, those kids WILL grow up, you WILL get to enjoy every little good thing God has set aside for you, and you don’t want to miss it. Whether you’re in the midst of a good or bad season, put some effort into recognizing how God is going through it with you. Let’s all try to use this fall for faith building, and seeing our creator just as much as we see the changes in his creation.