Wow! We are in the sixth month of the year already! Time really does seem to go a lot swifter as we get older. I am sure the fact that one year is now 1/55 of my life compared to it being only 1/10 at the age of 11 has a lot to do with it.
The seasons seem to pass with greater speed each year…like the scenery when you are on one of those playground merry-go-rounds that you push as fast you can before jumping on it for the ride. The seasons, just like the scenery, cycle past us as we watch with the wind in our hair. Oh, the exhilaration of the ride! Oh, the exhilaration of the ride we call life!
Of course, the merry-go-round does slow down and the time for getting off does come just as in life there are seasons when we seem to run at a dizzying pace and other seasons when we slow way down. It is not good to run at break neck speed all the time. We need times of rest, too.
Just as the seasons of the year mark the passage of time, so do the seasons of our lives. Some people hold to the idea that we only have four seasons in life, but I am not so sure. I think we just might pass through some of those seasons more than once…and not necessarily in the same order.
Sometimes, Winter comes more than once when we experience the deaths of loved ones. Or, as in the case of 9/11/01, when a whole nation enters into a mourning time. Times of sickness can also be Winters.
The Spring of learning and growth can come repeatedly as we tackle new things. Spring could result from marriage or childbirth, a new job or career. Or it could be that we are coming out of a time of healing.
In Autumn we could be nursing a sick loved one while preparing for the Winter of death. Or going through a divorce, a breakup or an impending layoff. We are working hard to prepare for the Winter we see coming around the corner.
Summers can be those times in life when we are carefree, unweighed down by burdens in life. Perhaps we are single and either childless or entering the empty nest stage. Perhaps, we are embarking on an adventure…like a trip to another country.
There are times and seasons for many things. To learn, to reflect, to act, to rest, to interact, to be in solitude, to grieve, to rejoice, to be healthy, to be sick. In all of those things, we need to be walking with our Creator. He holds the keys to life and the answers to life’s problems. He is our strength and our comfort through all the seasons of life.