As the days turn cooler and I detect the leaves beginning to turn to their natural but hidden colors, I realize that autumn approaches. Time moves ever forward through the seasons without much regard to its effect on those who experience them, it is up to them to adapt.
Just as the year has seasons, our lives have seasons as well. Those seasons can be broken up in many ways. Your life could be divided into infancy, youth, adulthood, and the golden years. Your seasons may involve times of struggle and times of success, times of despair and times of joy.
Another type of season is your relationships with those around you. A person in your life may be there or just a moment. Were they a cool breeze on a warm day that made you say “aaahhh” or were they a biting blast of cold air that made you say “uugghh?” Even in that tiny moment, they impacted your life, for better or worse. It really is up to you how you react to those breezes, cool or bitter.
Some people are in your life a little while, a few days, a month, or even a few years. That person might be a co-worker or a parent of a soccer player on your daughter’s team. These relationships can create strong bonds or maybe you might be glad they or you are moving on.
Then there are those that have relationships that last a lifetime. I wish I had more of those. I have people in my life that are so very precious to me. I hope that for some, the season they are with me is long lasting.
I have come to realize that there is nothing permanent in my life except God. God doesn’t change. God is a sturdy, dependable pillar. You can have relationships with persons that seem like pillars and I hope they are. Now that I have stated that there is nothing permanent, sometimes it sure feels like it has been or will be. I suffer from chronic pain and it certainly seems like a permanent situation, but I know that one day it will pass, even if I pass with it.
Let’s pay attention to the seasons in our lives. Pay attention to people who come and go. Realize that as much as they can impact your life, you impact theirs. Pay attention to those that love you and cherish them. I am simply amazed how quickly the first 50 years of my life flew by. It seems as though my children were born one day and two months later, they graduated from school. Any parent of adults will probably relate to that statement. Be thankful for all the blessings provided to you. I hope the season you are in is one of joy, but if it is one of despair, just remember, seasons change. Nothing is really permanent except for God and the eternal blessing that He offers. Peace be with you.