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Seasons of Our Lives

By Doug Harrell

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

As I am writing this morning I have really been thinking about the different seasons of our lives and the changes that take place in each one and how one leads into another.  We start our lives as seeds planted in the womb and sprout as a young baby being nurtured in our mother’s arms.  As we grow and begin to learn, we are pruned, sometimes with a switch and sometimes with the tongue, and shaped into the person we are to become.   This time of growing and pruning will have an everlasting impact upon our lives and how we are to move through the other seasons we transition to.  We are always growing, changing and moving onward, time never stops for anyone or anything.  We go from being the one nurtured in the spring of our lives to being the ones that plant the seeds for the next generation and the cycle continues onward.  How we make the transition from one step into the next is of everlasting importance in the lives of those that follow us in the evolution of life here on earth.

We go into the next season of summer and we watch our children grow and learn in their spring as we did.  Guiding, correcting, nudging and hopefully helping them get ready for their time.  The season of watching the growth in them is likened to the farm when we watch the crops come out of the ground and begin to grow into the plant it is supposed to be.  Their spring is now our summer and we transition into the joy of holding them in our arms, scratching their backs, bandaging their cuts and bruises as they go through this stage of their lives.  We are getting ready for our autumn as they are getting ready for their summer.

As we head into autumn, the season I am now well into, we watch the cycle again move forward with our grandchildren coming of age.  We are currently at a wedding venue for another grandchild getting married today and watch little great grandchildren running around along with grandchildren that are pregnant with more great grandchildren that will be born in a few short months.  Oh, how the time does fly, and how important it is that the time trusted truths of our faith in Jesus be continued to be handed down to the generations.  Even in the autumn of our lives we are still making and having an impact upon the spring of the future generations that are moving forward to take our place in the progression of life.  John 5:35 He was a burning and shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.  Hopefully each of us can rejoice in the light of our Savior and be a light and beacon for the coming generation that does not fade with time but that remains strong and true to the principles we were taught and have been teaching.  During our autumn years we also enter another phase of our lives in that we are now in a position and situation that we need to look after our parents, those that nurtured us in our spring of life.  Exodus 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.  I know it is not always possible but one of the greatest blessings Barbara and I have had is being able to care for mother in her last years.  She has been with us now for five years and even though it does change your life style it has be an honor.

Three weeks ago, I spent time in the hospital with chest pains and ended up joining the Stent Club with the installation of three stents in my heart.  I realize that, but for the grace of God and modern medicine, my allotted days here on this earth would have been over.   As I head into the winter season of life, I am ever reminded how unimportant some things in life are, and how important others are.  The lives that we touch, the babies that we hold, caress and kiss, the things that we teach to others through our life actions, these are the things of everlasting importance.  Are we teaching about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, are we enabling the future generations to be prepared to carry on these values and traditions?  This is the question, are we still shining for Christ?  Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.