Every time there is a shift in seasons I am reminded how it is not just the weather that has its seasons, but life as well. I don't tend to be someone who runs away from trouble or conflict. I will say that sometimes my downfall could be trying too hard to find the solution or overcome it, when maybe the right thing to do is give up and let God take his rightful place. That will be a life-long struggle that I accept and am happy to have such an understanding, compassionate, and patient God who walks with me.
However, when I feel the weather take its shift and change to a new season, I give thanks to God for how he remains the same, even though my life is ever-evolving and shifting with culture, changes, children growing, marriage enriching, and my relationship with God growing. I have no idea what may be on the horizon of my life, but I can tell you that as I have pondered the change of this weather season, there is a deep longing to be a better husband, a more patient father, and one who longs and thrives from his relationship with God. The Spirit is working in me and allowing me to see God's mighty hand, compassionate heart, and Jesus' sacrifice in a refreshed light. Lately, I have felt the cool breeze of the Holy Spirit renewing my spirit and drawing me closer to the things that really matter. This doesn't mean that I don't have my constant struggles, but it does mean that the lens in which I see those is becoming more focused on God and His love for ALL people rather than on the things that are beyond my control.
I am looking forward to the Fall Season. I'm looking forward to a renewed, refreshed spirit inside me. God is ready to do some amazing things and I am praying that he will find me open and ready as I continue to journey.