Changing seasons, changing lives

As the leaves change colors, and the smell of pumpkin spice fills the air and entices our taste buds, we all know the season has changed from summer to fall. My advice? Close your eyes, drink in the moment and slow down enough to enjoy autumn. Let the sights and smells and tastes of the change of seasons flow over you and just breathe.

img_2054We just got back from a trip to Colorado where we experienced the bright yellow beauty of aspen trees covering panoramic mountainsides, creating breathtaking views. Day after day, the sun was warm on our faces, the sky was bright blue and we were constantly reminded to “just breathe” since we had traveled from sea level to this mile-high part of the world where there is less oxygen, to be sure.  Quite a change! Thank goodness I was in shape for the change in altitude, as a devoted Body & Soul member—my lungs were primed and ready to adapt. Water was my friend, and I felt like I drank gallons of it.

The reason for our trip? Family! Embracing our “grandparenting season of life,” we went to be with our son and daughter-in-law and then to keep the three grandsons as Mom and Dad headed to Budapest for a special trip. It was a joyfully busy time of carpools to swim team and cross country practices and meets, preparing lunches and getting the older boys off to school on time, then fun time playing with the youngest while the older boys were in school.  I focused on enjoying the “moment” and took time to notice how the boys had grown and changed so much since the last time we kept them for a Mom-and-Dad getaway. This time around, the boys launched right into getting their homework done immediately after school, knowing it had to be done before anything else was going to happen—no questions, no prompting needed. (Do you believe it?)  They also knew they had to practice their musical instruments on a daily basis and I smiled as I noted improvement in their ability. Nice!  We see the change in kids more than we see it in ourselves, I think. Do you agree?

img_2514Change is inevitable. Change is constant. Change is part of the fabric of life. The changing seasons remind us of it. The changes in our kids make it crystal clear.

One more thing about change–If you are someone like me who doesn’t really “love” change, I encourage you to take another deep breath and trust your unchanging God. He will walk with you through each change that happens in your life. He knows the answers to “what’s next” even when you do not have a clue. He has plans for you that are better than you can personally imagine. He is the light in whatever darkness you face. You can count on him. You can trust him. “He’s got this”—as they say in current phraseology.

In the book of James, it says this: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.”  (James 1: 17) God has good and perfect gifts waiting for you. He is a solid rock—unchanging in this world full of changes. Cling to this thought and you will make it through the changing of seasons in your personal life. I can personally attest to this!  And along the way, cling to this–the beautiful change of seasons is a gift from God—don’t miss it. The change you see in your children as they grow is a gift from God, too. Be grateful. And the changes God places in your life can also be a gift if you put them in perspective and trust that He is with you. He never changes.

Jeannie Blocher is the President Emeritus and Director of Spiritual Impact of Body & Soul Fitness.  She is an author and speaker, encouraging people to grow in both faith & fitness.

Photos courtesy of Jeannie Blocher.

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