There Is Beauty in Each Season of Life


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.

Finding Hope in the Midst of Tragedy

As I write this, the Holy Fire in Southern California is blazing away not far from my parents’ backyard.

I hope, hope, hope, and pray that by the time this is published the fire is mostly contained or completely extinguished.

My heart breaks thinking about all of the wildlife being displaced, fighting for their lives. My heart breaks thinking about all of the people who have had to face the question of “What in my home can I not live without?”

My heart breaks for the people who have had to make the hard decision of what precious memories are to be left behind in homes they may not be able to return to. My heart breaks for the people who didn’t even have that option.

I cannot fathom how anybody could commit such an act that could cause so much pain. I cannot fathom how anybody could purposely cause such mayhem and destruction.

For those of you who have had to face tragedy, I cannot possibly know what you have gone through. You are far braver than I am.

We will all inevitably face some tragedy in our lives. We will all lose people we love. We will all go through hardships and trials.

In those times of darkness, it is so vital that we cling to the love in our lives. Think of those who give you purpose. Think of those who need you.

You could lose all of your possessions in a fire, but so long as you have loved ones and people to cling to, you’re going to be OK.

And, if you feel alone, I urge you to find a community to help you as you rebuild your life. Find it in a church or a support group. Find it through volunteer work.

It’s people who can bring us those first flutters of that “everything is going to be alright” feeling. In your darkest times, don’t hide. Don’t push people away. Cling to them. Let them in.

Don’t push hope away.

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