August, Seasons, and Me

August is a strange month. For starters, it has no major holidays. Do you even have the right to be on the calendar if you don’t have anything to shoot off fireworks or eat a bunch of turkey for? Get it together, August.

But I digress. 

August is a transitional month. Summer begins to slowly slip into fall, kids go back to school, adults get into new routines. 

I, personally, have felt like my life has been an “August” for the past year. It can be a little fun for a while, but at some point you really hope life turns into a more stable month, like December. Ain’t nobody messing with December. 

Have you noticed that we are rarely content to be where we are?

When you quit your job, you can’t wait for the next one. 

When you take the new job, you can’t wait until you get some sort of promotion.

When you’re single you want to be married.

When you get married, you want to have kids.

When you start school you want to finish school.

When you finish school you want to start school again.

When it’s summer, we really wish it was fall.

When winter hits, we can’t wait for spring. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind about seasons:

1) Every season has its meaning. You will never go through a season without learning something or changing something. 

2) Seasons are often preceded by the opposite season. If you’re in a transitional season, there’s a good chance the next season will be a time of stability. If your season has been incredibly stable, well, buckle your seatbelt. Embrace each one for what it is, and learn something from it.

3) Every season will end. You know those days in late February, where you’re convinced that summer will never come, and God has cursed the land to suffer winter forever? Summer came, of course. That season ended. As such, the season you are currently in, whether beautiful or painful, tragic or exciting, will in fact come to an end.

Seasons are often hard to embrace. But once you do, the ebb and flow of your life might make a little more sense.

“Dear brothers and sisters, a when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:2-6 NLT

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