Whether you know that famous line from the 1960s song by The Byrds or from the Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1), these words represent a truth that we all experience at some point along the way – in this life we go through all kinds of seasons, experiencing the ups and the downs, happy times and disappointments, and times of peace and of pain. In all that we do, we know change is coming, so it’s best to expect it and make the most of the journey.
This weekend marked many changes in seasons:
- Daylight savings ended. I am now only four hours away from my daughter’s time zone and I couldn’t be happier. I’ll enjoy it while it lasts, until next March when it starts again.
- The weather is slowly transitioning to lower temperatures, which is most welcome after our very humid summer and fall!
- The Kansas City Royals won their 2nd World Series ever, in a huge 7-2 12th inning win over the New York Mets. The Royals faithful now get a full “off-season” of bragging rights. That is, until baseball is back in action next fall.
- Today is November 1st. Halloween is over and there are officially only 60 days left to accomplish those goals we set out for ourselves back in January. I don’t even want to count how many shopping days are left until Christmas, but somehow, we’ll get through the planning, the shopping, the parties, and the relatives’ visits, and we’ll continue on and do it all over again next year.
The changes keep coming
Every day, life keeps moving and the changes keep coming, sometimes hitting us smack upside the head. Sometimes as we make our way through it all, things get really tough and we doubt whether we can endure. Health issues, financial hardship, and the stress of raising kids as a single mother are all things that I’ve faced over some of my more trying seasons. Some days I honestly did not know how I got through it all, and I could do nothing but leave it in God’s hands. Looking back I realize He placed people and opportunities in my life that helped me. Many of the issues once there are either gone, or time has passed and I’ve transitioned out of them – all helping to prepare me for the next season, whatever that may be.
It will come
Even the most trying of times is often for only just a season, and seasons do change. Just as the good seasons come to an end, those tough ones will, too. Now as for the timing? Well, that part may not be completely in our hands, but the thing to remember about change is that we can expect it, and it will come.
In a few months, my youngest son will be graduating high school and going off to college. This will definitely be a transition into a new season for me as I become an empty nester. In my heart I can honestly say as of this moment that I am not looking forward to it, although I know in my head that this will also just be another season for me (and for my son). In the meantime, the goal for me will be to be present in the here and now and make the most of each day rather than dwell on any anxiety or worrying about the future.
How to deal
If you are going through a rough season, realize that you are not necessarily going to be there for long. Eventually change will come and you’ll soon be on your way to yet another season of life. You can influence the changes of your seasons, too! Work through your challenges like the farmer who prepares, plants and tends to his garden, and you may find a harvest of abundance in your next season. You know, it’s that whole “sow what you reap” thing.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ~ Galatians 6:9
So here’s to us! Whatever season we are in, may we all enjoy the good in where we are now, support each other through the challenges, look for opportunities to learn from them, and then move on.
Your current season of life may be hard, but be faithful and know that change is coming. After all, no season lasts forever.
To your success and beyond,