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Seasons Represent Transition

Nothing that is alive ever really stands still. Life is dynamic, changing, evolving and always transitioning into the next season.  A season is a period of time marked by certain characteristics and conditions.  All of nature cycles through seasons naturally and without effort. Just as human's transition psychologically, spiritually and physically throughout our lives. Seasons are times of transformation. Everything has its proper time. Everything has its proper season.  Transformation is a necessary part of life. It is unavoidable and inevitable. Our needs, desires, circumstances and behavior naturally evolve through the cycles of life. "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven" (Ecclesiastes 3:1.)

How do we manage the constant and continuous change? Is it really manageable?
We must understand that seasons are temporary conditions that should be celebrated for the beauty that they offer. But, we must acknowledge and seek to understand the natural rhythm of the season with its risks and vulnerabilities. It is important to protect ourselves in the change of the season. If we don't change our behavior with the change of the season, we risk putting ourselves in harm's way. When our mindset and behavior are not in flow with the season of our life, we risk undermining our own levels of personal fulfillment and success.  The circumstances of life are temporary conditions. We can enjoy the beauty of the season and flow naturally with the rhythm if we don't resist the change. Flow with the changes of life and enjoy the new scenery. Adjust to the change in temperature. Involve yourself in the activities of the new season. This season is a blessing for you.  (Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19) the month of September signals a change from summer to fall. But isn't it interesting that the condition of the seasons is only specific to a certain part of the world for a certain period of time. Not everyone is experiencing the same conditions at the same time.

Seasons are determined by the amount of sunlight received in the area. It is a result of the way the earth is tilted toward the sun. When your part of the world is tilted toward the son, there is more light. When it is tilted away from the Son it gets dark. If the amount of sunlight is decreased, it is cooler. If the amount of sunlight is increased, it becomes warmer.  The conditions and seasons in the Northern hemisphere are opposite to the conditions and seasons of the Southern hemisphere. Don't judge your conditions by someone else's season.  Jesus is the "Son Light".    (Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12) If you want to change your condition or change your season, you have to change your tilt toward the Son. We determine the seasons of our lives by our response and actions. Will it place you closer to the Son or push you farther away? Psychologically, the autumn season causes us to experience the fluctuations of our conditions. Prophetically, the atmosphere is hot in the day and cool at night. This is a time of questioning. What should I do to maintain a sense of comfort? It is a time of more intense decision making to find balance. Anger and anxiety can often erupt from frustration and stress. The focus is on efforts to make meticulous adjustments needed to maintain alignment with the rhythm of this phase of life. Nature itself moves into a mode of survival and preparation for the coming winter.  It is time to capitalize on the opportunities. (Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs 6: 6-8) Don't hesitate. Take responsibility and prepare so that the next season will not overwhelm you.  Enjoy the autumn transition.

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