It's summer now in Colorado, the grass is green and the flowers are doing their thing. My days are filled with busyness and lots of dirt and sweat. I feel tired much of the time and I long for the freshness of the wilderness: soothing wind in the trees, wildflowers above treeline, the sound of my heart beating in my ears as I hike and the expansive views from the summits of Colorado mountaintops. I will make time to enjoy these things during this summer season. I can hardly imagine what it feels like to snuggle up by a fire in the middle of a snowstorm, but I can remember wishing for hot summer days not so long ago! Seasons change.
And as seasons of a year pass, so do seasons of our lives. It is all too easy to wish away the current season and long for another. It takes discipline and dedication to find contentment in each season. For now, I'm stepping on baby toys in the hall, learning how to balance business and family, correcting the attitude of a 5-year-old, changing dirty diapers and trying desperately to maintain connectedness and cohesiveness with my beloved wife of 11 years. But this season will pass as the many before it. So I will enjoy it and savor each unique aspect of it, being careful to be present in it instead of living in the past or longing for the future! Seasons change.
"Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." Daniel 2:20-21