Ushering in a new season

by Lesley on October 3, 2012 · 5 comments

in lessons learned

Before Jonathan’s scan last month, I wasn’t ready for summer to end. When he got diagnosed last October, it came just as autumn officially arrived in Sacramento; chilling news that seemed to blow in with the leaves and stick around through all of the long and dark winter months.

With summer’s onset came the end of chemotherapy, and we soaked in every sunny warm morning, every chirping bird, every roar of the lawn mower and splash of the pool. And so it makes sense that I didn’t want this magical time to end, right?

Until today.

On my sweaty morning walk with Anna, I found myself bitter about the seemingly never ending heat. Here we are again, October, and it’s still been in the upper 90s each day. Sometime over the last few weeks I’ve accepted what’s next; even longed for it. I’m ready to retire my stretched out jean shorts and beat up sandals, both of which have seen better days. I can’t wait to eat warm oatmeal again for breakfast, and drink Chai tea at night by our fire. My boots are at the shoe repair shop, and today I purchased an awesome Calvin Klein goose down jacket at Costco.

I am ready for a change in seasons.

I can’t help but think back two years ago, when life was incredibly different than it is today. We wanted to buy a house, we wanted to have a baby, and I was ready for a new professional challenge.

But just like this summer has lingered, the season we were in wasn’t ready to let us go. Looking back, we needed that time. God knew we were in for a wild two years ahead. I remember telling my girlfriends that I felt antsy for change, and yet knew I should enjoy and embrace the season of calm and normalcy while we had it.

So I guess I just want you to know that if you’re in a season right now that seems like it’s never going to end, be reminded that every summer eventually comes to a close. Sometimes fall is refreshing and brings exciting change; sometimes it arrives with chilly air you’re not prepared for. But the best news about a change in season is that God prepares us for each one, and they never last longer than they’re supposed to.

There is a time for everything; and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1.

p.s.  It’s not too late to join up with the 31 Days to a Fresh Blog Start challenge. Today’s challenge was to post my mission statement but since I did that yesterday, I decided tonight to make a little graphic and post it to my About section. It’s kinda janky looking but I’m over it because I want to go watch New Girl. 

p.p.s. The comments you’ve all been leaving today on yesterday’s post have been incredibly touching and motivating. I wish I had embedded comments enabled so that I could respond to all of them individually. It’s on my list of things to figure out how to do. I  realized I can really get in my own head without your feedback. So, thank you! 

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Share
5 comments
Claire
Claire

And just like that Fall was ushered in this morning. Our walk was very brisk and cool!

Jenni Dugan
Jenni Dugan

Your FB post today reminded me that I've been wanting to catch up on your blog, and this post couldn't be more perfect describing my feelings lately. I've been so impatient for neverending, HOT summer to end so that fall and winter arrive. I want to wear cute maternity outfits and boots, eat soup, and I mainly want to feel like our little guy will get here soon! I know I should slow down and enjoy our simple, kid-free life now, but it's hard to be patient. Definitely on the same page on that one! PS i love your blog

Tim
Tim

"But the best news about a change in season is that God prepares us for each one, and they never last longer than they’re supposed to." My word but that's good, Lesley, very well said. God prepares us for them, he times them for us, and stays with us in each one. Great news. Tim

Lesley
Lesley

Kelsey- I'm so glad! Sometimes I think the little life lessons we learn aren't big enough, or unique enough, to help someone else. But then I am reminded that when I'm going through a tough time it's sometimes the small stories (or verses I know so well already) that help me most.

kelsey
kelsey

Wow, Lesley, this really touched me today. We are in a difficult season of waiting on the Lord...it hurts and is frustrating - but we have hope and joy in our God, and our strength and patience will surely rise as we wait. Thanks for sharing!