Spring is the time of rebirth, growth, and transition. It is the season of transformation. Change in our lives can parallel the change of seasons. How do you know if you are in a new season? What are the signs of a metamorphosis?
Welcome to Mindful Monday friends. It is the beginning of a new day, a new week, a new month, and possibly a new season for some of you.
Spring does something that no other season can. You look at the world around you breaking forth in newness of life and you want to take hold of some of that for yourself. You put in screens and open windows to allow fresh air to breathe life back into a house that has been closed up all winter. You get out in your yard and start clearing away the deadness of winter by digging in the dirt and planting. You pack away heavy coats and boots and break out the sandals and flip-flops. You anticipate and welcome this season of rebirth and growth and feel it awaken something deep inside of you.
Yes, it is easy to feel this way about the transition from winter to spring. This kind of newness invigorates and excites.
But what about the changing seasons of your life? How do you know if you are moving into a new season? And, more importantly, how do you handle it?
It reminds me of the lines from the Fleetwood Mac song, “Landslide”:
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changin’ ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Newness, change, and transition can either stimulate and energize you or worry and discourage you. You can choose to embrace a new season or run away from it. The song goes on…
Well, I’ve been afraid of changin’
‘Cause I’ve built my life around you
Are you facing a new season as a parent? As children grow and transition, parents must adjust too.
Are you a student who is facing a new season? Maybe you are moving on to college, graduate school, or your first real job.
Are you facing a new season in a relationship? A friend is moving away, someone new is coming into your life, or you are dealing with the loss of a loved one.
New seasons can happen in jobs and careers. Are you sensing a season of growth, a relocation, or a time of moving in a completely new direction?
Our spiritual lives, marriages, families, and friendships also experience seasonal changes.
King Solomon wrote down these truths in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (and you thought I was going to quote the song by the Byrds!):
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Here AT THE CROSSROADS, I want us to take the month of the May to talk about seasons, transitions, and changes.
From interacting and connecting with so many of you through this blog, I know that many of you are experiencing seasonal life changes. I am too.
Some of these adjustments are minor, unfolding slowly and steadily.
There are others that come suddenly and require a quick and decisive response.
Some transitions are life-changing, testing your faith and courage.
While others threaten to shake your very foundation.
How do you know if you are in a new season of life?
Just like your 5 senses tell you it is springtime, you can also use them to gauge whether you are approaching a time of transition or change in your life.
SEE – Are you looking at people, places, and things with new eyes? Is God showing you things that you may not have seen before? Pay attention! Resist the urge to put the on the rose-colored glasses and allow yourself to see the world as it really is.
TOUCH – What are you feeling? Are you able to verbalize and name your emotions? Do you have a sense of restlessness and longing? Do things move you in a different way? Do not minimize or ignore how the spirit of God may be opening you up to feel and experience new things.
HEAR – What are you hearing yourself say? What do you hear others saying? Does it seem like you are hearing things for the very first time? Is God speaking to you through the Bible, a song, or the words of others? Quiet your soul and listen. You may miss crucial directions if you do not practice hearing.
SMELL – Are you upset by things that never used to bother you before? Do some things in your life “stink” in a way that you can no longer ignore them? Is the smell of fear, doubt, and failure so overwhelming that you are ready to remove it from your life? Do not try to cover up the smell with an artificial air freshener. Take out the trash of your past that may be holding you back.
TASTE – Are your routines and relationships becoming bland and unappetizing? Have you lost your appetite for taking risks, dreaming dreams, or exploring new horizons? Are you wanting some zest in your life? Don’t settle for the status quo and stagnate where you are. Be willing to taste and try new things.
Take some time on this Mindful Monday and throughout the week to ask yourself these questions. Be honest. Be vulnerable. Share your answers with someone (I’m here to listen too). If even a few of your responses evoke some sort of stirring in your soul, you may be approaching a time of transition and change in your life.
As with any unknown journey, it is always better to have a friend walking beside you. And that is why I hope we can handle the changing season of our lives together.
Will you meet me back here on Faithful Friday so we can continue this process of transformation? I hope to provide you with some practical tools and resources for adapting and adjusting to new seasons in your life whether they are happening in your family, your job, your relationships, or your soul.
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