There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

In late summer I look forward to the fall season. I am not sure I could give just one reason but it is my favorite season. The nights are crisp and the days are cool. As nature begins to hunker down for the winter the beautiful color of the leaves becomes vibrant and the faint smell of chimney smoke. Then it transitions into a season of thankfulness and then to a season of expectation. This is a wilderness time with little daylight preparing the way for the coming of the Savior, the light of the world.

There are also seasons in life, times of transition or challenge in life. These seasons maybe things we can anticipate like a new school year, expectant mother, or wedding. However, there are other seasons that we can anticipate like an accident, health crisis, or death of a loved one. Both the seasons that we can see coming and those that we do not can be stressful in their own ways.

A man once said, “Change is inevitable, but growth is optional.” There is wisdom in those words. While many do not want to embrace certain “changes” or “seasons” they will inevitably come and so we must consider whether we can also grow from these seasons. Ecclesiastes reminds us that “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

These seasons are reminders that we cannot control if they happen but our response in these seasons can either lead to growth or to death. How we respond can change the outcome of the season. Ecclesiastes also reminds us that there is “a time to plant and a time to uproot.” In the parable of the vine and branches we are told that any branch that does not bear fruit is pruned for the health and growth of the plant. We have as a society become cluttered communities that see growth as adding more rather than pruning a little here and there for the health of the whole.

If a person who has a lot of things or money in this world were to suddenly fall very ill, they would not have a desire for more, but a desire for health. Growth is a part of health not of simple addition. As we enter this next season of the year may we be gracious, and anticipate the light of the world coming into the darkest days of the year. The seasons of our lives come and go change will be inevitable, but will we look with new eyes to see the opportunities to grow through these seasons of life? What season are you in right now? What opportunities do you have to grow?

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