***Note: I just found these unpublished notes from last spring. Many things have changed from that time. Daughter 1 and her husband are expecting their first baby and she plans to deliver overseas. Daughter 2 is far away in a communist country teaching English and reaching atheists for Jesus. Daughter 3 is 135 days from high school graduation.***
We all find ourselves in different seasons at different times. I remember a few years ago I spoke at a ladies retreat and tried to categorize our lives into 4 seasons of life. Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. In spring, all things are new and we are expecting beautiful things. In summer, we are coasting along, enjoying the pleasures God has given us. In fall, we are anticipating what is to come while still living in the present. And in winter, we might feel cold and desiring of summer, but know that winter will end and ultimately another type of spring will come.
My spring days are over. My early days of marriage, my days of caring for babies and muddling through the mundanes and looking forward to the next thing. And to some extent I wonder if my summer is over as well. Although I feel pretty confident that I am enjoying the “dog days” that are so present and desirable at this season.
But fall is coming. We are in a season of change. We just got word today that our oldest daughter and her husband are now fully funded to go to work in another country, a scary country many time zones away. I know God is with them and has guided them through this process. I know He will carry them through everything that comes across their path, just as He has carried them through what they have already encountered.
In whatever season we encounter, what is our response to be? What else do we do during these times? Pray. Our middle daughter is on her way somewhere! She will graduate from university in May and be on her way to start her own season of spring. Our youngest daughter is trudging on through high school, anticipating when the winds of change will sweep her off to college and who knows where? God does. He is in control of our seasons. He made them. He makes the rain. He makes the sunshine. Not only does He make it, but He controls it. We can take great comfort in this fact.
As I see my children entering into different seasons of their lives, I enjoy being part of them. I praise the Lord for them! I have always enjoyed every season of theirs! I was never the Mom who pined for seasons after they were done. Diapers? Glad to be done with them! Crawling? Nice to not have locks on the kitchen cabinets! Grade school? I don’t need the stress! Maybe you long for those days again, but I don’t. I loved those seasons while we were in them, but I am always looking forward to what God has for my children and how He’s going to use them.
So entering into the fall season brings a lot of reflection on my part. How will I do the next seasons? Will I enter gracefully or stumble in the dark? Can I enjoy the beauty around me while still doing the hard work set before me?
His grace is sufficient for me. His power is made great in my weakness.
II Corinthians 12:9