I’m ready for winter to be completely over.
As in, really ready.
No more cold days.
No more scraping windows.
No more warming up the car.
And, please God, no more snow. Ever.
It’s been a rough winter here in Illinois. We’ve had more snow than we know to do with. We’ve had more sub-zero days than any winter in recent history. Businesses and schools and churches have closed more times this year than probably the last 4-5 combined.
Not to mention, I just do not like winter.
And while this week we are set to experience a number of days in the 50’s (can I get an Amen?!), there are still a few days where it might snow.
This winter does not want to let go. It’s still lingering, ready to rear its ugly head at any moment.
It’s the season that just won’t die.
The same is true of seasons in our own lives.
Maybe you’re in a season of hardship right now, and it just won’t seem to end. Maybe the pain of a lost loved one just won’t seem to heal. Maybe you’ve found yourself in a season of lack, and it seems like you’ll never have enough money to live well again.
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Hardship. Pain. Lack. Frustration. Doubt. Loss.
Even when the season begins to change and we see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, that lingering season rears up and smacks us around a few more times.
It’s just how seasons work. They never change over night.
The seasons in your life won’t instantaneously switch. There is never a clean break from one period of life to another.
You enter a new season, begin to feel the affects of a gradual change, but still deal with some issues from the last season.
It’s like keeping your winter coat in your car during the first few days of spring just in case.
Every season ends. But none ever end overnight.
If you find yourself entering a new season of life — be it from a move, job change, new marriage or child on the way, graduation, whatever — understand the old season isn’t completely done yet.
There may still be a few days of cold in the forecast.
But hold on, because spring is almost fully here.
Question: What old season is still lingering around in your life?