Do you ever find yourself experiencing more than one season at a time? It sure has been that way here in Northern California recently. One night in December we got 5 – 6 inches of snow. It is usually chilly here in December, but it rarely snows. Even when it has snowed in the past, we didn’t get much. This was quite a storm. The temperatures hovered around 22 degrees for the next few days. I remember one comical moment when my husband told me how cold it was and all I could say was, “WHY?” I know the question didn’t make any sense, but neither did the weather. We had to go out and buy heavier jackets for our kids because we just weren’t prepared for temperatures that low. By the next week the temperatures were right around 70. I remember marveling at the fact that the boy who needed a jacket the previous week was now heading to the store with me in a tank top and shorts.
I was reminded of this situation when I was listening to a sermon from Elevation Church about seasons. Just like our weather can be like more than one season, our lives sometimes feel like two seasons at once. We can be dealing with the death of one family member while celebrating the birth of another. Sometimes things are going great in one area of our lives and terrible in another. A person may be having great success in business and the future looks bright, but when that person goes home he has to face the failure of his marriage.
The beautiful thing is that God is with us through it all. There is something to be learned in each season if we strive to do more than just “survive” it. Sometimes I breeze through the nice seasons and I don’t take the time to learn and grow and be grateful. Then I try to just get through the tough season and hope things get better soon instead of taking the time to learn and grow and be grateful. Each season of my life has something to teach. Each season is an opportunity to grow. This year I want to start paying attention to life. I want to see lessons in everyday events. I want to learn and grow and be grateful in whatever season I find myself.
How do you weather the seasons of your life? I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know!