Growing up in central Alabama we were blessed to experience four distinct seasonal changes in the weather: winter, spring, summer and fall. Each one held on until forced to release to the next by God’s unrelenting pattern of nature. As one season melded into the next the weather and landscape transformed and so did we.
Short sleeves and swimsuits were traded for long sleeves and pants; fresh fruits and vegetables for canned and preserved; even our traffic patterns changed as the big yellow buses joined the parade of automobiles packing the roads.
The seasonal patterns in Florida where I have lived for 20 years are different. I’ve heard it said “we only have two seasons: hot and hotter.” Probably seems true if you are not paying attention. But those who are able to slow their pace for a few moments each day are able to feel the wind of change as the seasons shift from one to another. But, subtle seasonal changes are apparent if one anticipates them.
Stepping outside of my home each day I pause to feel and watch the wind. The wind provides our first hint of the seasonal shift about to take place. Yes, even in Florida, the wind is the precursor to what follows.
When we catch the first cool breeze of fall we know the harsh unrelenting heat of Florida’s extended summer is coming to an end. Only a short time later a cold front moves through the state, and we prepare for an all too brief taste of winter. Easter’s warm caressing, breezes bring thoughts of baseball and kite flying.
Just like the seasonal winds of change in our environment the same is true of our lives. Paying attention to the winds of change taking place in our spirits can forewarn us of a shift. Growing dissatisfaction with a job or different patterns of communication in our relationships are signs that changes are coming. If you are paying attention you can prepare for them. If not, you may be caught off guard saying to yourself, “I never saw it coming.”
Our lives are rarely static, change is inevitable.
Slow down, take inventory of the shifting winds and prepare for the next season. The next season could be a harsh winter requiring you to bundle up with close friends who can keep you warm while working through a correction in direction. Of course, the next season could be a pleasant fall or spring filled with new beginnings to share with family and friends.
Don’t be caught off guard, be still and listen to the winds of change blowing through your life.
Life is too hard to do alone, let’s do it together.