Seasons : How Autumn shows up in my life

Recently, I’ve been on a mission to find 15 minutes of margin in my work day. You know, the kind of dreamy feeling of not answering the phone, looking at email, putting out a fire or solving the world’s problems. Shouldn’t be that hard, should it?

Yeah, well then there’s work, and the phone, and the emails and the meetings and the conference calls and the deadlines. So much for 15 minutes of margin.

Driving to work the other morning, I decided to play the Nichole Nordeman channel on Pandora, which often has some soothing, relaxing music. I thought perhaps I could at least find some “margin” even while driving to the office. One of my all time favorite songs, “Every Season” came on and I turned up the volume. The words and notes filled my soul with sweet memories, and a reminder that my life has been an ebb and flow of seasons, some sweet, some bitter.

“So it is with you, and how you make me new with every season’s change…” (Nichole Nordeman, Every Season)

Where I live, in Southern California, we don’t really have seasons. There’s warm, hot and hotter. There’s dry and drought. Once in a while we get rain, and a really really cold day might be in the low 60’s. Yeah, I know what many of you are thinking… spend a day in Colorado or Minnesota! Honestly, I don’t appreciate our weather. I complain (a lot) about it. I want some rain or even some snow. I want leaves that change colors and fall to the ground. (I can live without humidity and mosquitos though, thank you very much!)

But for most everyone else in the US, it’s Autumn, when weather cools and leaves turn gorgeous shades of yellow, burnt orange and red, then fall to the ground. The trees prepare to hibernate through the winter. It’s a season of beauty and thanks, of preparing for winter.

My life feels a bit like Autumn right now. I can’t really explain it, but there’s a stirring in my spirit that tells me some sort of preparation is going on inside of me. Maybe change is coming. Maybe I’m gearing up for a season like Winter, where things go dormant, blanketed in snow and cold. Whatever the case, there is beauty in it, wrapped in thankfulness and a calm surrender to what the future holds.

I’ve been through many seasons in my life, and so have you. It’s comforting in a way, that we can mark the journey by the changes. It helps to remember that the seasons of our lives are temporary, eventually shifting, slow but steady toward the next and the next and the next. We will experience the ebb and flow, the cold of Winter and the warmth of Summer. The winding down and preparation of Autumn and the bursting forth of life in Spring.

What season of life are you in? Whatever it is, celebrate the beauty as soon the winds will shift and move you toward another. Be patient. Be still. You don’t need to make the seasons change, it will happen without your effort.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

 

 

 

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