She sat on her porch in her favourite spot overlooking the front yard. The maple saplings she planted with her husband when they were first married had grown and now stood as sentinels protecting her property. The tire swing hanging from the oak tree swayed in the fall breeze. The brilliant red cardinal picked at the seeds in the feeder.  She inhaled deeply.

Could life be any better?

The relentless creaking from her antique rocker reminded her of the unfaltering seasons she lived throughout her 75 years. They were constant. They came and went no matter what life brought her way.

“And, it certainly has brought a lot,” she said patting her old friend. “Right Shep?”

The German Shepherd barked as if in agreement.

The breeze picked up causing the crimson, golden and orange leaves to form a tornado-like funnel moving through her front yard.

Fall had arrived early this year. Well, at least it seemed that way. The summer blew in and out like a circus travelling from town to town.

She didn’t mind though. She loved what each season brought with it. Spring blossoms, summer fireflies, fall artwork and winter snow angels. Each perfect in their own way.

She leaned back, pulled her sweater closer to her aging body, and gazed at the sky. Thank-you Lord for the seasons You’ve given me.

What would life be without all four seasons? I know some don’t like the heat of the summer or the snowstorms and cold winters, but don’t you think it would be boring if we had just one season? One relentless season?

I do.

I like it when the weather changes with the time of year. It gives us variety. I can’t imagine life without the differences. After all…we do live in Canada!

Reminds me of the changing seasons in our lives.Good and bad weather fronts. Ups and downs. If we didn’t have them, how would we grow? Would our trust in God waver if we didn’t have trials?

We’d become complacent. Bored. Perhaps we wouldn’t trust in the Creator like we should. Our faith wouldn’t mature.

Each season can bring relentless and treacherous storms, but they also bring sunny and joyous days. We need to take the good with the bad and be thankful for the variety. Learn from all of them.

Why don’t we welcome fall with a thankful heart! Yes, winter is around the corner, but we can make snow angels!

Let’s learn from every season. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

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