Life continually flows from one season to the next. Some seasons are gone too soon while others seem to drag on. All the same, no season lasts forever and God is with us through it all.
In the midst of our daily grind it’s easy to forget seasons are built into the fabric of our life. Sometimes we’re caught by surprise. We walk outside and it’s much cooler than we expected or we blink and it’s already Christmas time again. At other times, we start to believe things will never change – that our current experience is simply how life will always be – a perpetual winter.
Adopting a seasonal approach helps us to appreciate the constant ebb and flow of life. Said another way, this is simply remembering life remains dynamic and not static.
For example, even a lifelong friendship does not stay the same forever. While the friend is a constant, the nature of the friendship changes and evolves throughout the various seasons of the relationship. And something different is required of us in each season. The same is true in marriage and parenting, and even our work – each has changing seasons that add to our story and call for something new of us.
As such, it’s good to regularly pause and reflect on our journey. This allows us to enjoy each season without rushing ahead or taking it for granted. But also, this reminds us that our difficult seasons will not last forever either. However slowly, they too are passing. And this gives us hope that God is still working things out for good.
To be sure, God is at work in every season refining our hearts and preparing us for his larger story. It’s okay to enjoy some seasons more than others. But like the seasons of nature, learn to honor each one.