Thursday, April 25, 2013

Seasons

Spring has finally arrived!  Do you enjoy the changing of the seasons?  I sure do.  Well, except for winter changing to spring.  This is my very least favorite time of year in Estonia.  After a cold winter with lots of snow,  I long for sunshine, warmth, green grass, leaves on the trees, and birds singing.  But the in-between stage is just not a beautiful season.  The snow that once so beautifully covered the city gets dirty and melts away.  As the snow melts it leaves the ground slushy and soggy.  Once the snow is gone it reveals dead brown grass, ugly dry weeds, and trash. YUCK!
 
 
 
However, as I was talking with my kids the other day, I shared with them an important lesson that I have thought about a lot lately. The truth is that whether I like it or not, every step in the changing of the seasons is necessary.  We will never enjoy the colors, smells, sounds, and warmth of summer if we do not first have spring.  Although I wish I could skip the season I do not enjoy, it's just not possible.  The same is true in our lives.  Every stage in life has a purpose.  I find myself wanting to skip the lessons and circumstances that I do not enjoy.  Sometimes God uses our least favorite season to prepare us for the next season of our life.  It is at that point that we must look for the beauty in the season in which we find ourselves.
 


So while I am currently in my least favorite season, I do absolutely LOVE getting more and more daylight.  It just "brightens my day" (pun intended {smile}) 


Daylight at 8:30 p.m.  is so enjoyable when just a few months earlier a blanket of darkness covered the city by 4:00 p.m.
 

The exciting part is that we continue to gain daylight each day.  So as I wait for all the joys of summer to arrive, I'll be thankful for the extra light that brightens my day.

What can you be thankful for even during an unpleasant season of life?

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8 comments:

  1. This was awesome. Thank you. I am thankful for friends during the ugly seasons. Friends that encourage you in the Lord and edify your spirit.

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    1. I agree, DeAna. Friends can be such a blessing, encouragement, and some beauty at a difficult time in your life.
      I am so glad you are my cousin and my friend! Love you!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. You've also described our spring, but now I'll look at it with a better perspective. :-)

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    1. I'm trying to focus on the extra daylight rather than everything that was under the snow all winter :)

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  3. The pictures also remind me so much of our spring here, minus the trees!

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    1. It won't be long until those trees are covered in beautiful green leaves. I enjoy the beauty the trees bring, my kids enjoy climbing them :)

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  4. I love how you labeled your pictures with the date and time of day! Such a fantastic idea! And, wow... what a difference a few months can make in the daylight vs. dark!

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    1. Yes, Jolene, a few months make a huge difference in the amount of day light. We try to soak up all the sunshine we can while it lasts :)

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An encouraging word is always welcome and much appreciated!

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