I find it interesting that Fall brings me such joy. I’ve heard many others say Fall is their favorite season as well. But when it comes to the seasons of marriage I have to ask myself, do I enjoy the Fall as much as I did the Summer or Spring?
Fall is the time when the growth gained in Summer begins to change. The colors captivate us. I know because I am watching Fall happen day by day from our little house in Tulsa. The trees have not disappointed. I find it ironic that the tree becomes more beautiful as it lets go of what was. The chloroform drains out of the trees revealing the colors that were there all along, just hidden from the bright green of new growth.
In marriage we face the same seasons. Spring is the honeymoon and early years before children. Summer comes and with it the heat of building a career and raising a family. Lots of storms pass through as well. But it is all purposeful. Summer is pushing us to be the best we can be in all areas. But following soon after is the harvest when the fruit will reveal the health of the trees. Fall in all its glory is the best season because of the fruit.
Yet, in the Fall I am more aware that Winter is lurking around the corner. In Florida Winter is quite enjoyable, but for the majority of people, Winter is cold, dark and often cloudy. I would grow stir crazy not seeing the sunshine for weeks and weeks, but it is possible to find joy even in this.
How are you anticipating the next season in your marriage?
Maybe you can’t wait because your current season has left you wanting. Maybe you wish you could turn back the clocks not just an hour, but years. Back to the “good old days”.
What if we were to pause long enough to realize the gift we have in the moment? Life is precious. As we are watching our newest grandson (a micro preemie) face the challenges of life at such a young age, we are more aware than ever to be grateful for the moment right before us.
So today I took another walk down memory lane filled with Fall leaves that echo the memories we’ve made during the Spring and Summer of our marriage. Each leaf tells a story of God’s faithfulness to our us. And when the last leaves fall and winter is well underway, I’m trusting God that each snowflake will tell stories of His faithfulness as well.
What season are you walking through right now? Are you content with where you are? Stop and take photos, remembering what God is doing for His glory. It is all beautiful in its own way, like the seasons of the year. This is what a well seasoned marriage looks like and it is good.