by: Brent Wood
There have been, however, some good things about this year. Families have been able to spend a lot more time together. Mortgage rates are at an all-time low. And the fall colors have been incredible. Now I realize that fall colors may not be the most significant issue you have faced this year, but I think they are worth both celebrating and contemplating.
I love the beauty of this world that God has given us. And actually, I have appreciated the "encouragement" the pandemic has provided to get us all outside. My wife and I have logged mile after mile walking the trails of Independence Oaks and have loved the experience. We've also taken advantage of several of the great bike trails that Michigan features. We even had the opportunity to visit Glacier National Park. I'm grateful for all of these adventures, both big and small.
But I'd like to come back to the fall colors. And to this current fall season - because I love fall. I love the leaves (while still on the trees), the crisp air, the apples, the pumpkins, hayrides, the smells of cinnamon doughnuts and cider. It just might be my favorite season. I like the other seasons, too. I enjoy the warmth of summer and the long days and easier pace. And winter? I like snow. I always have liked snow. Weird, right? And spring ... is spring still a season in Michigan? Really, I love all the seasons, but yep, I'm voting for fall.
I'm not sure why God created seasons, but I'm glad he did. I have to wonder, though, if they weren't meant at some level to provide some encouragement to us reminding us that things don't always stay the same. Seasons change. And so does life. While there are times when we hate to see a season go (like when that last kid heads off to college), at other times we live in hope that the winter we are experiencing might give way to sunshine of spring and soon!
Solomon talks about the seasons of life in Ecclesiastes 3:
3 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.
I don't know what season you are in right now. Maybe it's a rough one. Take heart, because seasons don't last forever. Maybe you are in a good season right now. Be grateful Fully experience it. Appreciate the gift of seasons!