Some periods of life are chaotic. Out of nowhere, the storm moves in and settles right over the heads of you and your family. It’s a dark time and it feels like the sun will never shine again. Stand in confidence knowing it is still there strategically hidden behind that stubborn cloud. There is always comfort in knowing that the one thing that is constant is change and tomorrow, next week, 3 months from now can look very different from today.
If you are experiencing a stormy season, I pray that the next season will be one of rest. My hope is that when you finally feel that sun shine down on your face, you bask in it surrounded by its amazing healing and warmth. Wait expectantly for it to come and step into its peace the second you catch a glimpse.
There are 4 seasons. Some I look forward to, and some I just don’t. Living in Oklahoma I know that spring is synonymous with tornado and is often referred to as tornado season. It’s important to remember that life has seasons too. Some seasons are filled with happiness and blessings and other seasons leave us counting the days until a new one arrives. Today, remember that all seasons pass. One thing is consistent no matter who you are or where you live and that is change. Change is a force that cannot be stopped or avoided. It’s impossible for things to stay the same. If you are in a season that finds you feeling complete and happy then embrace it and celebrate each and every moment that brings you joy. If you are in a time that brings you fear or despair, know that those days are numbered and a new season is on its way. Take comfort in change and learn to find appreciation in every season for one most certainly prepares us for the next one to come. What season do you find yourself in right now? What is it teaching you and what can you be grateful for in this moment?
Today there was a pause in my storm and I was surrounded with calm. There are many seasons in our lives. One thing I know for certain is eventually, one season comes to an end and another begins. It’s the in between that defines who we are. It’s our attitude and faith that determines who we will be when the rain finally stops. We can step outside on that first sunny day and worry about when the next cloud will form or we can bask in the sun and be grateful for the beautiful day. There is great comfort in knowing there is ebb and flow. What goes down will eventually rise back up and we must find the patience and strength to get from one destination to the other. If you’re having a rough time, hang in there. Everything will turn around in time. Don’t lose faith. Just be patient.
For most of you reading, today is Sunday. I woke up feeling relaxed and peaceful. It only took around twenty minutes for the anxiety to begin to rise. In twenty short minutes, I had skipped the rest of my weekend and was already focused on Monday and the rest of the week. I reminded myself that a time change is a perfect time for a time of change. I need to stop beating myself up over yesterday and stop missing today because I am anxious about tomorrow. How will I do it? I will pay more attention to the clock on my wall and remind myself once time is gone, there is no real turning back the clock to ever get it back.
Stay in the moment. Change who you are and turn bad habits into good things. Anything is possible when you make up your mind to buckle down and do it. Nows your chance.
I went through a pretty tough time not long ago. Depression bit me hard and I just couldn’t snap out of it. What? Me? Depressed? No way. I spent months denying it, pretending it wasn’t there. It started to affect everything I did. That’s just the point, I didn’t do anything. I just wanted to lay on the couch while I waited for bedtime to rush in and rescue me. I felt nothing, nada. I was an empty pit of numbness.
We all go through tough times. What helps me is remembering that everything does eventually pass. The pendulum swings back and forth, forward and back. It doesn’t come to a complete stop on one side or the other. It can’t right? Eventually it rests in the middle and that is where you find your perfect balance.
There is a purpose for every season and that goes for the seasons in our own lives as well. Wait them out and learn to be present wherever you are. Don’t judge, just wait and wait and wait some more and eventually your life will change. Nothing stays the same, not for a moment. Take refuge in that knowledge and wait for the storm to pass.
Jumping out of bed every few minutes looking at the sky. Waiting. Watching. Wondering when she would see the first white flake gently release from the sky. That was me this morning. I am not ashamed to say there is a child inside me that stills enjoys and looks forward to the little things. Waking up on Christmas morning, flying home on Christmas Eve, a simple snow squabble. Those are just a few of the things I am grateful for this time of year. Seeing lights frame houses and Christmas trees through windows. Watching my kids frantically search for the station with the perfect Christmas tune. So much to look forward to this season.
It’s been a long, cold winter, but I can feel it today. I can sense it all around me in the pace of the people and the smiles on their faces. Spring is breaking through. The world even seems to sigh as the gentle breeze blows across my backyard. Even the chatter has quieted down inside my head replaced by the chirping of birds and the peaceful sound of the wind chime in my neighbors yard. What is it about the end of winter that makes everyone feel so good? Maybe it isn’t about an end at all but rather the beginning of what’s yet to come. Picnics, hikes, hanging by a lake or floating in a pool. Everything about nice weather gently whispers relax. It is a time to take notice of the new growth all around you. Leaves proudly start to show themselves on the trees and a hint of flowers about to peek through. Every season has a purpose. Every purpose a new set of lessons and questions. But today, I am at peace sitting quietly outside enjoying the gentle sway of this swing. I can breath deeper and I am happy and for today, that is enough.