Autumn. That time of year when the days are shorter, the nights are longer and an invigorating chill fills the air. Trips to the beach have yielded to mountain getaways, where we marvel at Mother Nature in all her leaf splendor. Football games, bonfires, comfort food and pumpkin spice everything can be found everywhere. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall…the “predictable” seasons of change, often anticipated, frequently celebrated.
Whether we like it or not, things are going to change.
There are other seasons of change…the “unpredictable” ones, the ones that are beyond our control. We didn’t see them coming. They blindside us. These are the more difficult seasons because they bring about pain and confusion. These are the seasons of illness, financial ruin, loneliness, sadness and death.
They’ll always be seasons of success and failure, winning and losing, good times and bad. Sometimes the “good” stuff we sow in one season won’t bring a harvest until another and our patience will be tried. The same is true of the “not so good” stuff we sow in life. For those who believe, that’s where God’s grace and mercy step in.
The way we respond to the changing seasons in life can make or break who we are, because with every change comes a loss.
There’s an old saying that goes, “two things in life are certain…death and taxes”. I believe a third thing should be added to the list…change, because whether we like it or not, things are going to change.
One final season of change is more “personal” in nature. This is the season where we ourselves make a decision to change. It’s easy to live a passive life, to just sit back and resist change. We can take whatever comes our way and hold onto what we already have. But is this really living? Change can be difficult and scary at times, but a life full of regrets is scary also.
So what season of change are you in right now? Is it a “predictable” season, an “unpredictable” one or a season of personal choice?
New beginnings, clean palettes can be exciting. It’s fun to watch and see what God can do. After all, just look at Mother Nature.