"For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."
-- Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NLT)
According to meteorologists, spring has arrived. So in celebration of its questionable arrival, I decided to wear a green blouse, regardless of the snowy white background outside.
I decided I'd like to get a little bit of spring in my soul.
This time of year we're excited for the sights and sound of spring to appear. A friend of mine and I have an annual contest to see who spots the first robin-- that traditional sign spring has arrived.
Seasons, come and go. I have seen and experienced many springtimes in my life. I have also seen many long, dark and barren winters.
I have learned seasons don't just change in nature, seasons of change occur in our lives from time to time as well. It's important we recognize them and move into a season of newness with God's help, so we don't stifle our potential to fulfill his perfect will and the joy of living.
Some seasons are easier to embrace than others. The loss of a loved one or something dear to us is, oftentimes, much harder to endure than a desired change that brings us new and exciting opportunities. But God desires to enrich our lives regardless of how a change comes our way.
Sometimes, we feel the need to change but can't let go of our old ways. We like our comfort zones. We wonder if it really is God calling us forward.
When we feel something is constricting us and holding back our growth, we need to pray and ask God if it is time for us to let go. We might be holding on to something, like an old comfortable pair of shoes, that are really worn out and need to be replaced.
Our changing seasons can stir bittersweet emotions. Even good changes can cause grief, when we know that for our growth we must leave behind a person, place or thing.
Sometimes, we're afraid to move forward because of the people we may hurt because they are someone we care about. But it doesn't mean we don't like someone anymore, it just means we have to move on for the sake of the plan God has in store for us.
He may want us to impart something to another. We have to keep in mind the devil will use our emotional ties to make us feel guilty and keep us bound to the old instead of embracing the new seasons that lie ahead.
Embracing changes with a positive attitude will lead us toward a full and meaningful life.
Join me in faith and let's eagerly anticipate springtime!
• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. Annettee is available to speak and meetings and events. She can be contacted by phone at (847) 543-8413 or Annetteebudzban@aol.com