Sunday was the first day of fall, signaling the transition from hot summer days and nights to crisp autumn air (well, in some parts of the country), pumpkin everything, leaves changing colors and falling, and the return of infinity scarves and adorable boots.
The changing seasons often bring the excitement of newness and the hope for potential opportunities on the horizon. In the same way that we go through the various seasons throughout the year, we’re constantly going through changing seasons in our own lives, as well. No, those changes might not always be as obvious as those of the seasonal transitions, but they are often just as meaningful and just as impactful.
Some of the seasons we face are like summer—bright and full of life, energy, and perhaps even a little adventure around every corner. Maybe school or your job is going really well, you’re content with where you are in your relationship status (whether that be in one or as single as they come), and you’re confident in who you are and where you’re going in life.
Then there are those darker days of winter that can create a deep chill and sorrow in your life. Perhaps your heart is broken, everything seems to be falling apart, you’re sad more days than you’re not, and you feel like you’ll never be able to crawl out of the hole you seemed to have found yourself in.
But remember this: Seasons change.
You won’t be in that dark place forever. It doesn’t seem like it now, but there is hope—real, true, lasting, promising hope. Just as winter turns into spring, and the cheerful pastels and flowers start to appear, the tough times that you’re facing can turn into much better days. Your tears will dry, and your smile and laughter will return. Your sorrow will fade, and joy will take its place. Your pain will vanquish, and your strength and renewed hope will prevail.
As much as we don’t understand why or how or any of those unanswered questions, personal winters have to happen in our lives sometimes. When those days of hurt and a season of trial seems to linger, just look to the actual seasons—the ones that God so perfectly planned out. Think about it: God planned seasons so that the entire year and earth could both function as they do, and plants and all life on earth could be exactly where they need to be when they need to be there.
Just as He has the perfect plan for you to be where you need to be and do the things that you need to do.
Like the seasons and all of their various components, your life will be filled with transitions—some of them difficult, some of them gladly welcomed. Regardless, know that you can make it through whatever season that comes your way.
Because, just like the seasons we all know, each season in your life has value and purpose and can lead to beautiful things ahead.