Saturday, September 5, 2009
Each day I have woken up in recent weeks it has started to feel a little more like fall. The air is cooler and the sun seems to be shining with an extra goldness that only comes in autumn. While the season of the year is changing, so is the season of my life. I have entered into my last semester as an undergraduate and the time has been sweet, but I can sense how quickly life is going to fly by me. I try not to take little things too seriously - like getting a parking ticket or having to buy ridiculously priced books. What has been increasing in importance in my life are relationships. With the women in my Bible study, with my family, with my coworkers. So many times a day God puts it on my heart to humanize the people around me and to see them with His eyes. That guy sitting in the grass looking like he's about to throw up has a name and a story. The girl who bumped into my friend and spilled her beer, blaming my friend - needs a lot of love. The drunk middle-aged people who don't realize that they are acting inappropriately - they need love. And me - quick to judge, to leave responsibilities for other people, and to get easily annoyed - I need God's love too.
My dear friend Cath, pictured above, leaves for Morocco tomorrow for a year and a half. She has taught me so much about what it means to live for Love and to die to self. I am so excited for this opportunity for her and this new season. What an absolutely amazing woman of God.
So... if anyone actually is still reading this, I'd like to hear from you. How are your seasons changing? What are you learning about or struggling with?
I used to think that once I got to college and figured out my life that the rest would be a cakewalk. I'd know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Now I'm just beginning to realize that living is what I want to do for the rest of my life - living and changing with the seasons.
May you all be blessed in your season of life.