The Seasons Always Change
Four times a year (in most parts of the country), the seasons change. Summer’s heat fades into Autumn’s cool breeze. The changing colors of Autumn fall into Winter’s cold. Then, the white of Winter melts into the life of Spring. Finally, the new life of Spring gives way to the heat of Summer. It is a never ending cycle. Some seasons hold on a while longer, and some tend to linger. But year after year, one season turns into another. The changing of seasons is predictable, reliable. Just when it seems the cold of Winter will never end, Spring breaks through. I am mesmerized by these changes. They are captivating.
Nature Is An Excellent Teacher
Nature has a way of teaching us. With her quarterly changes, we learn life does not stay the same. In fact, it cannot remain in one constant state. Life changes. People change. Dreams, goals, and ambitions change. Maybe that is another constant reliable fact – nothing ever stays the same. The change is exciting, refreshing, a welcomed change of pace. But, it can also be hard if we are not prepared. We can be caught off guard when a once well defined path suddenly changes. We may hesitate at the ground before us, but, the longer we travel the more beautiful it becomes.
Do You Sense A Change?
I feel a shifting happening in my own life. Do you sense one too? It is a beckoning to a new season, to changes, to a different path. I have sensed it for a while now, but I have not known how it would come to pass. The change has begun. For years, I have been a monthly contributor to an online devotional site. As December ends, so will all new content on the site. If I were being completely honest, I would tell you I have been pondering withdrawing from the team of contributors. I adore the whole group immensely. Yet, I felt my time with them was ending. It appears the time for all of us is ending. And it is good. It is good to allow the changes, to shift when directed. The site has been a source of hope an encouragement to thousands, but its season has ended.
Yes, a part of me is mourning the end, but I know something more lies ahead. There is another book I am being called to write. The content is heavier, and more freeing than the first book. My feelings lay smack in the middle of overwhelming excitement and overwhelming anxiety. Ultimately, I want to steward this task well. Also, I was invited to be a part of an incredible speaker’s bureau and booking agency. Looking ahead, I can see the opportunities that will unfold with them. I am leaving one team, but have become a part of another, what grace. Grace seems to make these changing seasons a bit easier.
I see changes personally, too. My circle of friends grows smaller the more I step into God’s calling for me. It is not always easy to let go, but it is necessary. I treasure people, every person God has brought into my life. Truly, I do. But, the circle must shrink, and that is okay too. My sweet circle holds fiercely protective, encouraging, honest, prayer warrior people. I need that. For the changing seasons, I need that. These are the ones who will see the utter mess, who will hold me up, who will spur me on. The changing seasons requires pruning of ourselves to allow for new growth, and that is good, and hard, and wonderful.
How Do We Manage The Changing Seasons?
- Be rooted in faith. If God had not commanded the seasons to change, they would not change. Rest assured, the changes that come our way are ordained by God. The more consistent I am in studying Scripture and praying, the more I trust Him to lead me through the changes life brings. I have to trust He is caring for me, as He has always done.
- Breathe. Changes, big and small, can be overwhelming. It is easy to become anxious as we enter new seasons. Taking a time out to be still and breathe does wonders to reduce stress. There are multiple breathing techniques to accomplish this (just do a Google search). Find a technique that works for you, and use it, every single day.
- Share your changes. I have often fooled myself into thinking I was alone as I set out to conquer new tasks (hello, anxiety and stress!). The truth is, I have never been alone. Neither are you. Share what you are experiencing with others. Find trusted friends (if you are married, your spouse should be in this group. If not, well, that’s a post for another day), and tell them what changes you are facing. If you need help, ask for it. Ask them to pray for you. Ask them to be your sounding board, and to rescue you from the edge of the cliff on the hard days. People will show up, especially when you let them know they are needed.
- Find the beauty. Every new season has its own beauty. Sometimes, we have to search a little more to find it, but it is there. Find the beauty, and appreciate it. Thank the changes you are encountering for what you will be learning, for how you will be growing.
Enjoy each season
There are moments I rebel against the changes, against the letting go, and the pruning. But, I am learning to enjoy each season. I am learning and growing, sometimes slowly, to enjoy each one. Now, I am more excited than scared about what lies ahead.
Friend, I know there are changes lying ahead for you too. I am cheering for you. The season ahead of you may be hard, it may be filled with goodness, but it is a season meant for you. Embrace it, whatever it may bring. And please know, I am praying for you to steward your season well. Press on friend, the best is yet to come.