Easing in—Seasonal Change

four_seasons_by_nalmesChange is not always abrupt and unannounced. Sometimes we sense it coming and even anticipate it. Seasonal changes seem easier to accept—they are predictable and transitory. They give us time to prepare and even appreciate the phase of change, comforted by the knowledge that this will pass, like the seasons of nature.

Spring, summer, fall, and winter are descriptors of life’s stages—spring symbolizing birth and childhood; summer, a time of growth and young adulthood; fall characterizes maturation and middle age; winter depicts the slower, deliberate pace of senior years. And within each season are additional seasons.

Each phase of life holds areas of change that require our acceptance and cooperation—marriage or sudden singleness, new job or no job, recovered health or unwelcome diagnoses, parenthood or grand-parenthood, productivity or postponement, certain faith or questioning doubt, anticipation or angst.

What’s your season?

Whatever your answer, I am sure of this. The Lord is near—not only near to His return, but near to you. So don’t be anxious, but pray. Search for the blessings and be thankful, and God’s peace will guard your heart and mind (paraphrased from Philippians 4:4-7).

What are the joys of your current season? There is a beauty and rhythm to each chapter, blessings within the burdens. Let them be the focus of your heart and be at peace.

Artwork by Nalmes

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Linda B
    Oct 11, 2018 @ 08:03:40

    Your timing with this topic couldn’t be more perfect! I didn’t anticipate an immediate life of leisure when I retired, but as my husband and I implement our move and I consider our list of “projects”, the concept of leisure seems more a fantasy!
    Friends remind me, “your time is your own” “You don’t have to do it all immediately”.
    Having retired from a project driven work structure, I’m reminded my deadlines are arbitrary and can be relaxed to “smell the roses”. I can better prioritize relationships, actually get to know my neighbors, and take a nice long walk. I’m reminded to breath…just breath. Take in this beautiful creation around me and feel and look for God in each and every day.
    Instead of jumping into retirement, I realize I’m “easing in” and can shift my pace and priorities.
    I’m excited to learn a new rhythm and pinching myself, because I’m actually at this milestone and it’s real! Lol!

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  2. Kathy
    Oct 12, 2018 @ 05:42:12

    Barbara, Thanks for your beautiful thoughts and the encouragements!

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