Roads closing may just mean a new adventure!
I realized something this week when I was noticing the leaves changing and all of the evidence of the change of the Seasons. I LOVE every season, and I always think that THIS season is my favorite…whichever season it is! At the beginning of Summer I’m thrilled for sun after a long cold Winter, and new flowers in Spring, and after a long hot Summer I’m thrilled to see the leaves change for Fall!
Why be surprised by the seasons of Life?
So, it really should not have been a surprise that I would feel the exact same way about different seasons of life! I am always saying I LOVED each stage of our marriage and with our kids even when it was hard…and I think it just keeps getting better! As I watched Mike and a few of the guys talking last week from our young marrieds group, it reminded me of a gang of 10 year old boys. Not in a bad way, but in a great way! They had an exuberance and excitement about them that made me love him even more than I already did! They weren’t talking about anything I was particularly interested in, but to see them get excited about cars and food and a ball game just reminded me of why boys were created to be boys and why girls were designed to be their helpmates!
When they realized that we would not be able to go as a big group on an Epic road trip down to Medford to get In-N-Out Burgers, that we had all planned together…they hatched a great plan to venture out alone to go get burgers in the convertible with the radar detector so they could speed down, a mere 250 miles and bring them back for everyone! At first they were like little boys out to build the biggest fort and slay the greatest most fierce dragon… then one of them said, “If we go without our women, no one would be there to judge what we eat or how fast we’re driving!!” And then another said, “Ya! And we could leave the kids at home!” Then all of the sudden you could see that their entire countenance shifted as if someone said, “Ya, that was a fun road once…but now it’s kinda closed don’t you think?”…none of them really wanted to do any of that! It was fun for a second to think about driving fast and eating burgers alone with a bunch of guys…but just for a second.
One by one they entirely changed their focus on how much fun this would NOT be without the spouses and families God has blessed each of them with, and they began to talk about
each of their wives and the responsibilities they’d be leaving her to shoulder alone, and the games of their kids they’d miss! And this genuinely reminded me why I LOVE every season!
When the new season comes you remember the last and look forward to the next! I love Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall and I loved when we had no kids and it was just Mike and I against the world to sleepless nights because one or all three children were in our bed, or sports weekends when dinner was peanut butter and jelly or granola bars in the car and we’d drive from one game to the next so we didn’t miss any child’s event…usually with a wet dog in tow! Now being empty nesters with no time to even think straight because we’re so busy but together, crazy in love and grateful for every second!!
Was there “stuff ” in the middle of each of those seasons that I don’t like to remember? Just like we don’t like to think about three weeks of rain and we look forward to the sun coming out…it’s in that part of each season that you can look forward to the next; when the “rain” is over you can look back and realize how green that rain made the grass AND He kept you from drowning!
Don’t let the “rain” ,“parching sun” or even the “bitter cold” of any season let you stop looking at your spouse with new loving-kindnesses that The Lord has put in each of our hearts!! They are new every morning…great is thy faithfulness!
Thank you for sharing, Laurie!