3.25.2013

Monday's Musings - Seasons of Life Pt. 2

Monday's Musings - Seasons of Life Pt. 2


In my last Monday's Musings post, I wrote about the Seasons of Life. While there is an overall understanding of the seasons of life with respect to age, I think that looking at seasons in life that has nothing to do with age is particularly useful.

For as you already know, we can go through different seasons over and over in life.   

Winter seems to happen off and on for most of us. It can feel tiresome, dreary and weary. Winter is when we are in a season of hardship or struggle. Life can appear bleak. Tiring. We may have a huge struggle or maybe life has just worn us down. Joy may be harder to find. Sometimes, we just want to give up.

But here's the thing about winter. It does end. 


And it's always followed by spring. Every time. 

For you see, while we may think God has given us more than we can bear, he knows what's best.

Can we really go through life with no pain or suffering? No heartache? No physical issues? No health issues? 

If we stop and think about it, the answer is "no". 

But we want a life free of pain. At least I do.

God never promised us a perfect life. 

But he did promise to be with us, during the winters of our lives. 

And at some point, if we're looking for it, we'll see the color of life seeping into our black and white lives. 

We'll see the fog lifting and the sun beginning to shine through. 

We can start to notice the flowers beginning to bloom, even with the barren trees in full view. 

This is when God releases us from the hardship and gives us hope that life moves on. That we will have a time of rest. 

It's a wonderful time.

It doesn't mean we'll never struggle again. It just means God is faithfully walking with us. And that he sees fit to give us a breather. 

To put what we learned in the winter into practice in our everyday lives. 

To enjoy the sun. And the bright flowers. And the beautiful blue sky. 

Recently, God gave us a huge breather. While my father-in-law is still terminal, he's surprised all the doctors and hospice nurses and is getting stronger! He's outlived their predictions by three months so far and counting! He even had to be re-evaluated to stay in the hospice program! 

We know the end is still coming, but what a gift! More time to enjoy his company and hear about what he's thankful for. How he appreciates how God has blessed him. 

I can say I'm thankful for the breather. 

How about you? What season of life are you in? What have you learned from it that you can share with others? 

I'd love to hear from you! 

And if you have a post somewhere on the topic you'd like me to read, please leave it below and I'll stop by! 







6 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to hear your father-in-law is enjoying some extra time on earth with his family.

    I love the trees. Great shots. :)

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  2. We are enjoying the special time Alycia! Hope your move has gone well!

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  3. Mary, I think I'm in spring right now. Things are popping up everywhere around me. It's exciting, but can also be overwhelming. I'm glad your father-in-law is holding steady.

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    1. Thanks Edie! Your life is exciting!! It's fun to watch. :) Have a blessed day.

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  4. I love the powerful message in this post Mary! I am glad that your father-in-law is fighting on. At this time I would say that I am in the season of spring. I have been through many winters but I have never lost my faith. Take care and have a Happy Easter.

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    1. Judy, I am so happy to hear you say that you're in spring!

      Just from meeting and learning about you from your blog, I know you have had some tough losses. I'm sure your sister would be so proud of you for keeping your faith and keeping going! God does walk with us in the valleys. Sometimes, we just don't want to be there!

      And, for what it's worth, you inspire me. :) I love that you honor her with your blog, and still post the little joyous occasions in your life!

      Thanks for dropping by!

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