FOCUS: The Changing of Seasons


This article is one that I wrote several years ago. I love the changing of the seasons and I hope you are excited to see the beginning of change in this season of autumn. Many changes are taking place all around the world. We just paid tribute to the Queen of England who served for seventy years. Her funeral will take place next week. We just paid tribute to all the people who were killed on 9-11. It is difficult to think it has been twenty-one years since our country was directly hit in New York, Washington, D.C and the lives lost in the plane in Pa. Time goes by so swiftly and we must remember events that change the world as well as the changes it makes in our lives. As you read about the changing of the seasons, pick out some of the wonderful times you remember with each season of the year. Discover something new about each season and be thankful you are given the opportunity to enjoy each season that God has given us.

As I write this column, we are only one week away from the Fall Equinox. The days are getting shorter, gardens are almost gone and the leaves are beginning to turn and fall in our yards. Summer will soon be a memory of very warm days, several severe storms, yard sales and fun times with family and friends. I’m sure that September will be a busy month as folks put their yard furniture away and prepare for the cooler weather that will soon be upon us. As autumn moves in, the daylight hours become shorter giving us less time to work and more time to rest. Preparation for the change from summer to autumn and then to winter gives us time to adjust to the long evenings when the darkness falls as early as 5 p.m.

Autumn is a great time to take a drive and look at the beautiful array of colors floating from the trees. Autumn is a great time to be outdoors for walks, enjoying the pretty fall flowers and to be involved with some community activities before one decides it is too cold to venture out and about. Autumn brings us school football and soccer games. The month of October is a time to prepare for the Halloween experience with children dressed in costume and visits of trick or treat. I love to drive through our town and surrounding communities and see homes, yards and businesses decorated in the bright colors of autumn and the creative decorations for Halloween. Autumn is a colorful time as we prepare for the winter season to bring us the crisp cold air and the cover of snow. Each season has special treats for one to enjoy.

I am always amazed at the change of the seasons. The seasons seem more precious for me to enjoy each season and the surprises each season brings. I must say that I am not so fond of the winter months when the trees are bare, the roads are slick and the temperature gets really cold. I miss seeing the grass under several inches of snow. I do, however, love to see the first big snow that covers the tree limbs and sparkles in the sun. Many folks travel south for the winter months. I am beginning to understand why they want to enjoy the warmth especially as they get older. Cold weather brings on the arthritis which can be mighty bothersome at times.

God has created a unique plan for the changing of seasons. The movement into each season is a good way to look at the seasons of our lives.  The autumn season is a time for the earth to slow down. Autumn is a beautiful time with the colors of the changing trees as they get ready for their winter rest. The leaves are alive with color.

The autumn of one’s life can be a challenge with all the things you have wanted and planned to do but never seemed to have the time. The senior years are a time of reflection on the past and a time to slow down. However, the senior years can be a time to try something new, to work on special projects at home and in the community. Seniors can finally plan a trip or two which gives them opportunities to look forward. I like to believe that life can be a variety of colors just like the leaves that are showcased in the fall of the year. One is never too old to find ways to be involved with family, friends and community. One is never too old to try something new. This is the hope of the autumn season.

Winter is a time for the earth to rest. The trees seem to sleep until the first signs of spring when one sees tiny leaves begin to form on the branches. Some say that winter is related to the ending of life. Others see the wonder of the winter snows and the early evenings as a time to rest, reflect and to get ready for a new rebirth. Winter is a time for faith in what is to come. 

Spring is a rebirth of all the beauty of God’s creation. Spring is a time to renew one’s spirit, to organize, to plant flowers, to plan a garden, to spend time outdoors and just enjoy nature. If one believes that winter is a time of departure, then spring is a time for a new birth. God gets it right each season and all we need to do is go with the flow. Every season is different, exciting, challenging and full of hope and faith to move from one season to another. Seasons of the year give us a variety of wonderful experiences. The seasons of our lives offer us many experiences of growth which makes us who we are. Springtime is a time to remember how much God loves his creation and how much He loves us.

Summer is a time for family and friends to picnic, go on vacation, work in the yard, harvest the many garden foods that need to be canned and summer is a time when the weather is usually very warm. There is nothing like a summer storm to clear the air and make everything fresh and new. Summer can be a time for creating, playing, taking the family on an outing and swimming in the cool water. Summer is a time to clean out the things you no longer need and have a sale where other folks find something new for their families. Fairs, festivals, church and community gatherings bring new faces together and summer is a time to get reacquainted with the neighbors. Fun and excitement fill the air for all ages. Summer is a time of growth and a time to share in the joy of each day.

As I reflect on the changing of the seasons of each year, each season has special opportunities for us to grow, to create, to reflect and to be excited about the creation that God has given us. Maybe His plan for the seasons is to keep us involved in different ways, give us hope and faith in all things new and enrich us in all of the seasons of our lives. As we reflect on the seasons of our lives with faith in the future, God will give us many challenges and adventures to prepare us for the fact that there is a continuation of the seasons of God’s world and a continuation of life eternal. 

I leave you with this thought for the day.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.

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