Another season is quickly drawing to an end. The summer heat will soon be replaced with the cool Autumn air and then before we know it, we’ll be commenting on the fact that a new year is upon us.
I often feel a sort of melancholy when the seasons change. I think about the things that I didn’t do because I was too busy in the passing season. I think about the upcoming season and the things that I had hoped to accomplish in life before that time arrived. But mostly, I think about time and how quickly it fades into memory.
This melancholic feeling can linger for hours, days, or weeks depending on the season and my current stress/anxiety level. There’s no real fix because sometimes keeping busy distracts me but at other times, makes me feel like life is slipping away as I work on a to-do list.
I find that it’s better not to combat the feeling but to acknowledge it and let it run its course. However, the older I’ve gotten, I’ve learned a very important lesson —
If I embrace each season while it’s present, enjoy it for what it presently is, and let time take care of itself, I’m less saddened when seasons change.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13 says it like this —
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet I no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.
Everything has its time. People grow old. Things change. Experiences are had and soon become memories.
There had to be a but in there somewhere. After all, with each new season come new adventures, new trials, new learning, and new experiences.
But “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
Each season holds its own beauty. And although that doesn’t quiet my melancholy, I’m reminded to embrace each season. Experience all that I can in that season. Embrace the moment. Be present. Listen for what the Spirit is saying in this time.
By doing this, I can “be happy” and “do good” and find satisfaction in my toil.
Embracing each moment can be difficult. Life’s tedious events have to happen. Bills must be paid. Meetings must be attended. DMVs must be visited. But even in those moments, God is still making something beautiful — I just need to look for the beauty.
Being present in each moment as it comes allows me the privileged to look back as seasons change and remember the good times, the accomplishments, and the challenges. I can look back and remember — not look back and wish I had more to remember.