Been There . Seasons of Life . Life Happens
“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer Passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.” Yoko Ono
I remember this painting from back in 2014. Not my regular approach to the canvas. I began with sheet music on the foundation. I do not recall the song, but I can see the music in the painting. It is BEEN THERE.
Been there for sure... through the seasons of every year. The constant for me is God, and the movement of the sun and the moon with the seasons. I was looking through the internet for something to share on this... and I found it. The writer talks about the well known verse in Ecclesiastes. He covers more the 'seasons in our lives'.
"Ecclesiastes says there’s a time for everything. Everything has a season. Good seasons. Bad seasons. Productive seasons. Growth seasons. And seasons of decline. Seasons of mourning. Grief. Seasons of laughter. Jubilee. Read More Here."
Terry and I are in that new Season of the decline of our generation that grew up in the sixties. We have buried friends and family of this era and are watching and praying over others struck down through heart issues, strokes, pneumonia, shingles, arthritis... etc. We have taken an active move in our own lives to care more tenderly for each other, and we are eating healthy. Because of our food choices, we have not encountered the inflammation of arthritis or the gain of weight with the complications of cholesterol and high blood pressure.
We are also in the season of tenderly embracing young grandchildren, caring for them, weaving in memories for them to carry through their young lives. We realize we may not be here when they grow up and graduate college or get married. Both our Dads died in their early eighties. His mom died young with an aneurysm and strokes, and my Mom, she has been blessed with a long full life. She will be ninety this summer. There is beauty in our current season along with the frailty. We rely on God to walk with us and hold us up when we stumble.
God has something for us to learn in every season. The older we get the more we appreciate the beauty of the age. Did you spot the sun and moon crossing over the horse in the painting? Time is flying by.
"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8