Wednesday’s Word #20

Here lately God has been opening my eyes to something important, something that I needed to understand on multiple levels. First of all, it isn’t easy being a grown up…haha. When you are younger, you wish to be older; when you are older, you wish to be younger. Thinking about myself, and watching other people – nobody is really satisfied. Which doesn’t have to be a horrible thing…if you are using it to constantly challenge yourself to move forward and strive harder, but most are simply discontent. My word for this week, and maybe this year:

“SEASON”

nounone of the four periods of the year (spring, summer, autumn,and winter), beginning astronomically at an equinox or solstice, but geographically at different dates in different climates; a period of the year characterized by particular conditions of weather, temperature, etc; a period of the year immediately before and after a special holiday or occasion 

verb: to heighten or improve the flavor of (food) by adding condiments, spices, herbs, or the like; to dry or otherwise treat (lumber) so as to harden and render immune to shrinkage, warpage, etc; to mature, ripen, or condition by exposure to suitable conditions or treatment; for a season, for a time, especially a short time (dictionary.com)

What I have been shown, and forced to realize and remember is life is short, fragile and changes with the wind. I keep being reminded of these verses in Ecclesiastes:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

 1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

Sometimes those are literal times, sometimes it is just the fact that life flows in seasons. Events, people, pets, hobbies, passions, places – all these things and more are ebbing and flowing through your life at all times. For me, it is easy to pick out some “golden years” in my memory bank that stand out as: “that was when life was good” and wish I could travel back in time to stay in those “good” places. What I have come to realize is that God allows us those good times up high on the hills, so when we come to the valleys (which unfortunately are inevitable) we have something to look back on and/or strive for once again. Nothing can ever be the same from day to day, which I find so interesting. Sometimes you want one day to repeat itself, aaaaaaaaand other times you definitely do not. That is the blessing of life – it is not Groundhog Day. 😉

It is so important to treasure every moment of life. To be content. To understand how quickly situations change. It is not to make depressing the happy moments, thinking they will change or go away, but to capture them in your memory. Learn from the bad times, grow with the sad times, strive for the good times. I am now understanding more fully the concept of life’s seasons, and am thankful for them. Sometimes it is difficult, extremely so – but as I struggle out of valleys I look towards the hills and am so grateful that my God is unchanging; He is the ever-steady Guiding Light at the top of the hill.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

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2 Comments

  1. Janet

     /  March 28, 2012

    Great post Tracey. Spoke to my heart!

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