A SEASON OF CHANGE
Autumn is a beautiful and interesting time of the year. It’s when the morning air turns crisp, the leaves become colorful, the dew saturates the ground and birds begin to migrate south. As you look around; it’s the small signs that remind you change is in the air. Warm afternoons, followed by cool evenings, bring about a sense of refreshing after the long summer’s heat. This gives birth to a new season to look forward to. We are reminded of it everywhere we go…instead of butterflies gracing the landscape of summer we now see cocoons hanging from autumn branches. What was once a warm, gentle breeze has become brisk, frigid freeze. Seeing your breath form in the autumn air is a sign the
holiday season is around the corner.
No matter how you feel about this time of year, you can’t stop nature. You can, however, embrace it. Life’s journey is full of pivotal transitional moments throughout the landscape that signal to us that the season of change has arrived. Sometimes we are not ready for it, yet, we learn to reach out and take hold nonetheless. Transitioning from places, seasons, and times can be difficult; however, when it’s met with an attitude of gratitude you are able to remember the fondness of seasons past. Spiritual journeys are much like natural journeys...sometimes they may appear unannounced, but if you search deep within, you'll see spiritual signs everywhere that the season is changing.
The writer of the book of Ecclesiastes, says that,
“To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. A time to plant and a time to
pluck up that which is planted. A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to embrace and a time to refrain.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 KJV)
Life teaches us that when these seasons come about, whether we are ready or not, we must learn to embrace them, taking the best of what they have to offer. Such is life. Since the passing of my beloved mother-in-law, I have found myself
dealing with the emotions the arrival of this new season brings, along with questions about life and the meaning of it all. I’m sure that some of you have experienced life in such