Seasons of Change
Seasons of Change
It’s almost back to school time again and as hot as it seems right now, in a few weeks the temps will be cooling down a bit and the rhythms of the school year will begin again. It’s a season of change. Change is super hard and each August brings with it giant suffocating waves of change in everyone’s life.
For me, here at Little Sprouts, a new school year means exciting meetings with new families and getting to know new kids. But it also means the spaces those kids fill were vacated by someone who is a big part of my life and who has my heart in their hands. It’s always hard to say good bye to a little one who I have grown to love.
When you care for a child with 110% of yourself and put all of your effort into that care, there is a downside. They grow. They always grow, and for me that means losing someone I love. I might see them occasionally around and I might not see them for a long time, but the change from everyday care to that is a difficult one for me. I try to pretend like it’s not happening, but then it does and it hurts.
Goodbye is so hard.
Did you know God intended for us to change and grow? Did you know He created seasons for life and for His children? Think about a butterfly. If they stayed a cute little caterpillar, they would never learn to fly. If children stayed babies with me forever, they would never learn to soar. They would never become who they were supposed to be.
Check out this little fella we brought in from the garden to watch!
Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 tells us there is a time for everything under heaven.
New Living Translation
3 For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2 A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
6 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
This tells me that God intends to everything to have a season so we don’t become stagnate and numb. It tells me that life will ebb and flow, and it tells me that some times will be good and filled with joy and some times will hurt.
But I know one thing for sure and it’s this:
Lamentations 3:22-23, New Living Translation
22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.
He has a plan.
He has a plan for every part of our life and He has His hand on us through it all. My husband and I are going through a very trying time right now. We are doing everything we can not to get discouraged or give up on a situation that is very much a David and Goliath type of situation. But when I see us standing there together, against all odds in a fight we KNOW He told us to fight, I see Jesus standing right in front of us between us and our enemy fighting for what is right. I know He is with us in this situation. He promised to not leave us or forsake us.
So as I approach the time when the tides of daycare change again and I have to lose more people that I love, I remember it’s for our own good. It’s for the children’s good that they grow. God has a plan for them and a plan for me that no longer includes that child or those children. It’s tough, really tough, but I trust in Him to bring me good things.
Goodbye is not forever. Moving on is not all bad. Growing up leads to learning to fly. And time marches on…
If you’d like to order some caterpillars for your kids to watch metamorphosis, you can get them online here. Check it out!
Some of my blogging friends wrote some great articles on the back to school or end of season changes, click on the icons below to check them out. You’ll be so glad you did!