Each passing day signals something. For one to see and understand these signals, one needs to be paying attention. Each day marks the beginning, the end or the middle of something. With each passing day, you have grown a little more, learned a little more or lost a little more. The seasons of our life slip silently as one moves from one job to another, from one relationship to another, from one stage in a relationship to another- either growing closer together or further apart.
Life as we know it, is not so much about how much money one can bring home although that does make a marked difference in one’s level of comfort; nor is it about how famous or entertaining one is even though that works wonders for the ego. These too are seasons in life as one who started out broke may work so hard to accumulate heaps of money and forget what it was like to be without. They may even deliberately forget those who were with them during the lean times and may have left them behind as they climbed up the ranks of wealth in an effort to leave those days in the past.
The thing with seasons is that they come and go. The rains come, water the land, cause traffic jams in the city, make the beautiful jacaranda tree flower and spread its purple carpet at its feet, then the rains go away making way for the hot and dry season. The scorching sun beats down, and the dry winds leave us drained and worn out at the end of a simple day.
The seasons of life are similar. There are times of plenty, times of lack and times of extreme lack that can be related with times of famine and drought. During times of lack, the horizon has nothing to offer except the dawn or dusk of yet another long day filled with futility no matter the amount of effort exerted. The times of plenty can be so bountiful that one can afford to throw away what they do not need rather than reuse and recycle.
The irony of life is that when one person is going through a dry season, another may be going through a time of plenty. The challenge in either season is not to judge or point fingers at the other person. During times of plenty, it is very easy to look down on those who lack where we would be better placed to share with them. It is also very easy to gloat during these times forgetting that all that we have is given to us by the Almighty. We might want to tell ourselves that we got here by our own strength, but the truth is we are where God wants us to be. It would do us good to remember that He who gives can also take away. On the other hand, in times of lack it is easy to envy those with plenty and feel that they ought to help.
In each season of life there are lessons to be learned. And if we are keen we will be able to take note as to when each season draws to an end and the next one begins. To give thanks for all that we have learned in that season and prepare for the next one … be it one of even more plenty or one of lack. It might save us from staring so long at closed doors wishing for what was instead of looking ahead and around to see which window or gate has opened.