For some of us, our climate stays the same and you can easily be mistaken that it is summer all year round. However, that is not case when you find yourself between the end of summer and beginning of fall. We have all lived through seasonal changes, but who has ever paused to be thankful for the change and appreciate the season they’re in?
I always thought that summer ended the day fall began, which may be true according to the calendar, but for me I now have a clear indicator. There it comes, the continuous pitter patter on the roof top, thunder roaring at 5 a.m., winds speeding up and lighting flashing.
I live on a tropical island and even though we can lay out in the sun more often than most this time of the year, we are prone to tropical storms, heavy down pours and even hurricanes. We were just sipping on lemonade at the beach and wiping sweat off of our faces. Books, bags and pencils were our last focus and now all we can see on television are alerts, tropical storm warnings along with hurricane preparedness tips. This shift was so quick for me, I wasn’t ready.
After speaking with a few educators this week in the Bahamas, I believe they will make great meteorologists during this seasonal change. Apparently, by the end of summer moving toward the opening of school, they are marked by the memories of devastating hurricanes that forces school to either delay opening or close a few days after opening. Some described this time as the worst part of the year and presently they are on their knees in prayer for the possibilities of what can make land fall.
There are several things in life that we cannot control and one of those is the change in seasons.
While the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.~Galatians 6:9
We are blessed with seasons that help us to identify what to wear, where to travel and how to prepare for the best and, what can be considered, the worst times of the year.
I haven’t packed that swim suit I purchased a few weeks ago too far away, but summer as I knew and enjoyed it has come to an end. There will be lots of sunny days here in the Bahamas, but for right now, we are in the middle of a seasonal change and staying under the wings of the Almighty God.
Fellow readers, I would like to leave a few things with you:
- Embrace every season in your life and what it has to offer. There is a lesson to be learned.
- Know when to “shift”, as there is a change in the atmosphere. Let there be one in your thinking.
- Enjoy fashion during the seasons. You would be surprised how it uplifts both your spirit and closet.
- If it gets too cold where you live, you can plan a vacation to the Bahamas.
- Keep all affected by tropical storm warnings or hurricane threats on your prayer list.
When the seasons shift, even the subtle beginning, the scent of a promised change, I feel something stir inside of me. Hopefulness? Gratitude? Openness? Whatever it is, it’s welcomed.