As the year comes to an end, I cannot avoid looking back on everything that I have been through these past few months. This year made me experience a full range of emotions; from joy to heartbreak, and everything in between. I spend the coldest summer in a hospital room, but also the warmest winter surrounded by the people I love; and I learned all seasons are equally important for growth. As the seasons changed, I learned that each period prepares us for the next one, and transitions mold us to be ready for our next mission.
The seasons come with changes which are never comfortable or easy. We must face new challenges, readapt to new circumstances, and make choices. We must face the challenges of a new job, the joy of a newborn child, the stress of finals, the happiness of love; all these shape us into who we are. Seasons bring out who we really are and transform us into who we ought to be. Seasons teach us to be patient, to aim higher, to become stronger, and they take us out of our comfort zone and help us to readjust our perspective.
As I look back, I also understand that seasons are temporary; they come and go. You become an expert at your new position, your child grows up, you graduate, and you move onto the next challenge. This time, you are different, you have been armed by the knowledge and experience that the previous season left you with. You are now stronger, wiser, and better prepared for the next season. You overcame winter and you are ready to bloom in spring. When I look back, I also notice that while seasons change, one thing remains, and that is the love of God. He is the only One that never left, never changed, and always remained present in all my seasons. The love of God has always been present and remains constant in my life and yours, no matter where we stand.
In the hills and in the valleys, He remains faithful. He lifts our arms when we feel defeated, He rejoices with us when get that promotion, He is present when we feel lonely and He gives us strength in the loss. As I look back, I see God in every season of my life. He was always there even when others left. He was there when I lost, and He was also there on my brighter days. Seasons change and nothing lasts forever, but one thing remains and that is the love of God for us. He walks with us through the good and the bad. Sometimes He even has to carry us. He is the one thing that never changes, the only constant in our lives. Today, I hope you can also look back and see everything you have been through, and I hope you find God in all the seasons. He has been there and will always be there for you.
Author | Alejandra Rossi