Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Seasons

April 22, 2014
2014 A to Z Blogging Challenge
A Rural Life
Day 19

S is for Seasons

We’ve reached the last full week of this year’s blogging challenge and as much as I enjoy this yearly test of personal resolve, I’m at the point where I’m eager to get to Z and take a little blogging break. Thanks for visiting my corner of the 2014 A to Z Blogging.

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Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

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This passage from Ecclesiastes is one of the most beautiful in the Bible. In very simplistic terms it assures me that my life is unfolding as it should. But am I truly able to embrace all my seasons and walk through them with confidence?  

When I first sat down to write, I didn’t realize I was beginning a new and long-lasting season. Nor did I know there would be smaller seasons within my time to write, that there would be times the words did not come. I liken it to a winter whose beauty is better experienced from a distance. I’m now in a new spring and find I’m excited about writing again. I needed the rest of winter to prepare. That it corresponds with the meteorological season is pure coincidence.

Today’s picture is a wonderful work called Season of the Wolf by Graeme Stevenson. It’s held a place of honor on the wall in my den for well over twenty years and I never tire of looking at it. Through the layers of many seasons, the wolves do not hesitate to run forward. They don’t worry about what may happen as they leap toward spring even though the winter wolf is always with them. The winter wolf looks as eager, as intent on his journey, as the spring wolf. There is a wild and abiding joy about them.

And then there is the wise-eyed fellow in the corner. He looks at me and challenges me to cast aside doubt and live as fearlessly as they do. I look forward to that season.

KC Kendricks
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4 comments:

Julia Matthews said...

Love your description of Seasons.

KC Kendricks said...

There is a time for everything and life is sweeter if you wait for the right season. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog during the A to Z Challenge. It really means a lot when someone revisits.

cjswriting said...

I like your reference to Desiderata - "whether or not it is clear to you, the universe is unfolding as it should"

Desiderata was my D post :)

Hello from a fellow A to Z - also ready to finish the everyday blogging. :)

KC Kendricks said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog! I wasn't thinking of the Desiderata when I wrote the blog but it sure fits.