Dash of Sass: Your New Season is On Its Way!
Quotes of the Day:
I could not have known then that everybody, every person, has to leave, has to change like seasons; they have to or they die. The seasons remind me that I must keep changing. ~Donald Miller
There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness. ~Shauna Niequist
What is normal at any given time? We change just as the seasons change, and each spring brings new growth. So nothing is ever quite the same. ~Sherwood Smith
Who it is you are today, is not the same person you will be tomorrow. ~Richelle E. Goodrich
The Single Woman Says:
Back in the fall, I snapped a picture of the view from my front porch for an Instagram photo challenge. The leaves on the trees were brilliantly red and the photo just LOOKED like fall. A few days ago as I walked outside and glanced over at the brilliant whites and pinks and greens of the new blossoms springing to life on those same trees, I was inspired to snap another photo. This one showed a much different view, but no less beautiful. Just different. And that got me thinking about how this relates to our own lives.
Some seasons are for planting. Some seasons are for harvesting. Some seasons are for acting. Other seasons are for waiting. In the winter time, those same trees that shine so brilliantly now with their wildly colorful branches were completely barren. Not a leaf in sight. Almost sad, even. But even though we couldn’t see it and the trees had no way of knowing, that winter season was a time of preparation for the new life that was on its way. Just like in our own lives when we’re waiting and hoping and wishing and praying and it seems as though nothing is happening…really we are in a season of preparation for everything that’s coming next. Even the most hopelessly barren situation is capable of giving birth to new life and new growth and new beginnings – in its due season. To rush this process is to risk interfering with the greater plan at work in our lives. When a seed is planted into the soil, it is basically tossed into a dark hole and covered with dirt. No sunlight or fellow seeds or even fresh air in sight. Seemingly left alone to die. Just as we often feel when we’re facing barren seasons, as though we are surrounded by darkness and don’t have a friend to our names. But what the seed doesn’t know is that it has to have that season under the soil in order to begin the process of germination and growth. It’s not possible for a seed to spring to life WITHOUT this season. The seed is being prepared and nurtured and equipped for its big moment. Its big debut. Its moment of victory when it springs forth from the soil and stretches toward the sunlight before blooming into everything it was created to become. And oh, when the curtain rises on those brilliantly technicolor flowers that create the backdrop of our warm, joyful spring days…wasn’t every moment of the darkness worth the breathtaking beauty it cultivated?
My point? Whatever season you’re in at this particular moment of life, give thanks for it. Even if it’s a season of darkness. Even if you can’t see any evidence of it now, you are slowly but surely being prepared for your big moment. Your next chapter. Your dance in the sun.
Your new season is on its way.