The other day my daughter Stephanie and I were talking about how excited we are that the seasons are changing.
We sat sweating in 88* Atlanta temperatures, dreaming about breathing in crisp autumn air and strolling over crunchy leaves.
“It already sounds like fall” she said. “Do you know what I mean? I lay in bed early in the morning and outside, it sounds different. Not like it did a month ago in the middle of summer.”
Before dawn this morning I was sipping coffee and having my quiet time out on the screen porch. Thinking about what Stephanie said, I closed my eyes and listened.
She was right.
All through spring and early summer the first bird’s song came around 5:00am. Within thirty minutes our backyard birds were all awake and busy. This morning the yard was quiet and still, only the whisper song of crickets and rustling leaves welcomed daybreak.
You can hear the season changing before you see the changes Father. I prayed.
Is it that way with the seasons in our lives too? If I listen closely can I sometimes hear the hint of change?
My mind searched through recent life-seasons…
A couple of years ago my one-word for the year was Friendship. A really difficult word for this introvert.That year, a 17 year friendship came to an end. It was a very painful loss for me, but if I’m honest, the change did not come suddenly. In some ways I was prepared, sensing the change long before.
In 2011 my one-word for the year was Believe. Throughout that year I felt God gently teaching me to trust Him while I was searching for answers to my health issues. When I was diagnosed with Celiac and Sjorgen’s late that year, I felt a lot of things…but one thing was the deep-down belief that God was in control. Had He used my one-word to gently prepare me to believe…to trust?
This year my one-word is Simplicity. Holy cannoli! The first half of the year was filled with more chaos than I can even tell you! (January: a major renovation in our old house- April: we bought a new house and started HUGE renovations there-May:we moved from a house we’d lived in for 23 years.) But…sigh, now that the chaos is behind us, I’m amazed at how much we’ve simplified our lives. We have purged a house full of things we didn’t need. The move caused every inch of our lives to be pared down and reorganized. This entire year I’ve been focusing on simplicity as my goal all the while chaos filled our little world.
In all of those seasons, I heard hints of change before I saw the changes.
Autumn’s coming…I hear her in the early morning, soon she’ll touch the landscape and everything will change.
And at this time of year, as always, I’m looking back over the current year and recording lessons He’s been teaching me through my one-word while asking Him to begin impressing on my heart a word for me to take into 2013.
Change is coming…I’m listening…
Have you ever heard a change in your life coming before you could see it?
And how about your one-word for this year? What are you learning?
~Sending you lots of love today my friends~