Inspiration & Encouragement

A Seasonal Shift


“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”

― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

This picture was taken right outside my house a few mornings ago. It was like suddenly all of the flowers on the trees awoke that day when I did. The funny thing is, within the following days, the wind picked up and many of the flowers were gone just as quickly as they had arrived. Now, is it disappointing to see such temporal bliss in the springtime? Of course! I want those flowers to go on blooming forever because it makes my yard so much more picturesque; however, the fact that they didn’t linger, didn’t make the moment any less beautiful. Also, if the flowers were there year round, I would most likely grow complacent in my enjoyment of them. Sometimes it takes the shade of the winter to develop a deeper appreciation for the sunshine of spring and summer.

It is exactly the same in our lives. In Ecclesiastes 3:1 it says for everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. As I journey through this spring and head towards the summer, I am realizing that this season of my life is not an easy one to accept because it is a time for change for those around me. I am at the age where many of my closest friends are already married with children or getting married, others are graduating college and moving away to start their careers.

And yet, here I am: the evergreen tree in the middle of a Cherry Blossom orchard.

It is not my time for any major transitions, rather my time to stay planted where I am and continue to grow in knowledge rather than new experiences. The fact that I know that, however, does not make the view of watching everyone else move on without me any easier to handle.

So, this post is dedicated to all of the people who have come into my life and influenced it in any way. Whether they have come and gone as quickly as the flowers of the spring, or if they have stayed planted in my fields for years, they are important in shaping me as the person that I am today. I am determined to stay focused on the beautiful moments they have added to my life, and the fact that the distance will only make our future memories together that much sweeter.

One of my favorite worship songs is Desert Song by Hillsong UNITED. This song is a wonderful reminder, that in the good and bad times, God is still God. He knows what He is doing and who He is placing in my life for certain reasons. So, I don’t know about you, but I think I’m going to end this post by singing these lyrics…oh yeah, and have a great Thursday!

“All of my life, in every season,

You are still God.

I have reason to sing,

I have a reason to worship.”

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