Thursday, June 5, 2014
Although the weather had demonstrated otherwise, we are exiting the spring season. In the church, spring means the Lenten season and Easter are upon us. Spring also means flowers, the smell of grass clippings when maintenance decides to mow the lawn at 5:30am, and for many, the end of the school year.
Then comes summer. Depending on what stage of life you are in, summer can mean a wide variety of things. Speaking from the perspective of a student, summer means extra cash, sunshine, adventure, and most importantly, sleep. Summer leads into fall, and although the cooler weather indicates the end of freedom and the beginning of school, it also signifies more serious things like a fresh start and the changing of the leaves and more petty things like pumpkins and oversized sweaters. Over time, fall changes into winter. The colorful leaves disappear, rain changes into snow, and Starbucks Peppermint Mochas once again find a home in our waistlines and our wallets.
We find so much joy in the uncontrollable, seasonal events of creation, even amidst the parts we don’t necessarily like as much as the others. With the coming of each season, we look forward to the gladness and the change that it will bring, whether that is butterflies, sunshine, pumpkins, or snow. We accept that the season is something we cannot control, and instead of moping for three months about cooler weather, snow, and ice, we find a way to embrace the season, knowing that a new season—spring—will come soon.