The Hope of Seasons

This month we’ll be spending time talking about the topic of seasons. I’m not sure exactly where this topic will take us, but we’ll probably talk about the literal seasons and weather, as well as time, transitions, change, and seasons of our lives. Since January I’ve been looking forward to really diving into this topic and seeing what we can learn from it. I’ve lived in the Northeast USA all my life but have done some traveling around the US and have experienced what it’s like in other places during different seasons. It always amazes me that even just a few hours drive can make a big difference in the weather and how the season treats that location.

For so many people what seasons are all about is hope. The farmers hope for a wet winter and spring and not-too-hot summer so their crops grow well. Beach towns hope for warm and long summers. Winter resort towns hope for lots of snow and a cold winter. Some of us just hope to get from one season to the next without dealing with mother nature’s wrath. The hope we can’t give up on though is that the next season will come, no matter how much we want this one to stay, or how much we want to skip ahead through some.

Each new season should be a reminder of hope, an encouragement that life does continue on and that tomorrow could be a better day (especially if you choose to make it one). As we see the changing seasons we should be encouraged and reminded that life does go on, that we are not done with our journeys yet and that there is more to come. Don’t give up because we’re on June of 2016 and you haven’t gotten nearly enough done, be encouraged because there are still more months to this year yet to come.

“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.” Sarah Ban Breathnach


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