One of the best known Bible verses, due in large part to the classic "Birds" song "Turn, Turn, Turn" comes from Ecclesiastes 3 which says "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity." King Solomon then goes on to discuss all the "seasons" of life where we may find ourselves at different stages of life. A time for being born and to die, a time to plant and to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build....in all, he names 28 different "seasons" that may be necessary at times. Some of these seasons are fun and exciting; new birth, laughter, dancing, embracing, love and peace are all seasons that we likely wish would last a lifetime. But Solomon also says there will be seasons that we might rather avoid like death, tearing down, giving up, war and even hate. These seasons do, at times, come and are, at times, necessary.
My mantra is to make the most of the season you are in, or to say it another way to "live in the moment." Often we find ourselves yearning for a different season. The old may yearn for their younger days. The young may yearn for adult freedoms. The single may yearn for marriage. The frazzled mother may yearn for peace and quiet while the childless may yearn to hold a child of their own. But can we learn to be content in the season we are in, even if that season is hard or longer than we wish.
I am in a season of active kids in my home and I plan to make the most of it. I do, at times, get stressed about the messes they make or the constant demand for snacks they seem to have...but I love my boys and want to make the most of this season of life. I know that in just a few years they will grow up and leave home; and while they will still be my children, it will be different...so I plan to take full advantage of this season I have with them in my home.
What season are you in? How can you make the most of it? How can you learn to "live in the moment" and find all the joy you can in your present circumstance?