Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Reading the Signs of Season's Change

Brisk wind this morning. My front lawn, trimmed neat and clear under yesterday's sun, is now overrun with snow drifts made of maple leaves. It is just one sign among many of the season's change, even here in the South where such transitions are more subtle. The temperature dips of course, but it isn't only that. The birdsong has grown thin. Orion drifts higher in the night sky than in the summer months, when he can scarcely be found at these latitudes. Even the air feels different on my skin. The scent of the world has changed.

This month also marks the emergence of new seasons for many of the souls I know. Some are moving from a season of scarcity to a season of advantage...others from a season of pain to one of healing and reclamation...others from a long season of hiddenness to one of prominence and impact...and still others from a season of ease and learning to a season of refining, like gold in fire.

To know the season you are in, all you have to do is notice the signs. But when seasons change, the more difficult part is this: To stop resisting the new season you are in, and choose it.

"Where, except in the present, can the Eternal be met?"--C. S. Lewis

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