By Kristi Steidley
I love this time of year. I enjoy the weather and watching beautiful sunsets each evening. I get excited about the food that is growing in my garden. It is harvest season. I get to reap the benefits of delicious home-grown meals. I am constantly amazed by what grows from a tiny little seed. I enjoy all seasons. I don’t know that I can say I have a favorite. But I will say I love the abundance of food during this season.
Nature is such a wonderful teacher. There are many reasons for the different seasons. Some are obvious, some we may not even know or understand. That’s how life feels sometimes. Sometimes we may not understand the purpose of what we are experiencing. Oftentimes we can look back and see the lessons and growth that happens because of the challenging times.
I am in between seasons right now. I work at the public school as a paraprofessional. Summers are a season of rest from work. It’s so nice to have more time to spend with my family. I enjoy having a more relaxed schedule. I appreciate having time to work on home projects and just being home.
Next week we start the new school year. That is the beginning of “busy season”. My kids will be going to school and involved in sports. I will be working at the school and starting college classes. We will go from a relaxed schedule to a compact one. I sometimes get overwhelmed when I think about what my new schedule will be. I begin to wonder how I’m possibly going to be able to do it. I remind myself I will do it the best way I know how -with God’s help.
I have gone through seasons in my life when I didn’t trust God or allow Him to help me. I thought I could do it all on my own, but I have learned everything goes so much better when I willingly follow Christ. I also feel as I transition into this new school schedule, I am entering a new season in my life of helping and mentoring others.
Just as you can feel the coolness in the Autumn evenings, I feel the burning in my heart that it’s time for me to step up. I feel confident as I look back at all the periods of growth I have experienced. I feel excited and somewhat nervous as I look ahead to the unknown. I have a general idea of what to expect with this new season, however, I don’t know what stormy days are ahead of me. I don’t know how long they will last or how strong they will be, but I have faith that the sun will continue to shine each new day.