We all go through seasons in our lives. Some of those seasons are warm like the summer sun and some have the harsh bite of a cold and bitter winter day. Growing up I had visions of what my life would be like and in some ways I have passed my expectations and in other ways I have fallen short.
Right now my life is a giant roller coaster ride. The beginning of the year started with my father having an aortic dissection, which in basic terms is a condition where your aorta tears. He had a very small chance to survive surgery, thank God he is still here today. This holiday season will be filled with a lot of emotions. I am over joyed to have my father here to celebrate with but my husband on the other hand is mourning the lose of his mother. He’s not mourning her because she has passed away, but because of the choices that she has made. We can’t approve of those choices, so we had to walk away.
We all make choices and we all have to live with the choices we make. It would be nice if the choices of others didn’t infringe on our lives, but unfortunately we are changed by others choices whether we like it or not. I have come to realize that you can’t make people change, they have to want to do that on their own. You can only be there for them when they want to change. In the mean time all you can do is pray and wait. Sometimes you have to walk away from things in your life that you love but you know are not good for you or the ones around you.
I have to keep reminding myself that there is a time for everything. I love to be home cooking, cleaning, doing projects and spending time with my family. Right now I feel like all I am doing is spending time in paper work. My house isn’t where I want it to be, meals aren’t what I would like them to be, there are no projects going on and by the end of the day I can’t get into bed fast enough, so there really isn’t much family time either.
I don’t know where you are in your journey but I do know that where-ever you are you will only be there for a season. So when the season of life is abundant and full of fruit, eat until you can’t eat any more. When it’s full of joyful music, dance like you’ve never danced before. Keep your memories and love the moments that will quickly pass you by. Take time in the peaceful moments to heal from the pains of your stormy past and embrace whatever God has in store for you. When the season of life is like a barren winter tree remember that after the cold harsh winter the spring brings new life. Although you’ve been torn down don’t stop searching for what’s next. We all need time to weep and mourn our heartaches. We all have different wars to fight. Right now my war seems to be raging and I can’t see the end. But I have faith in someone bigger than any war or heartache I may face. I will weep, I will be torn down, but I will never lose faith. I will keep my eyes on the one who has given me life. In the winter I don’t lose faith that soon the winter will lead to spring, which will lead to the warmth of summer for I know there will be abundance again.
So what ever you are going through remember this my friend is only a season……….
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.