The fall season always seems like a time of reflection for me. It feels like a time to slow down from the busyness of summer and prepare for the onslaught of colder weather. I enjoy the beauty of the changing leaves because they also seem to punctuate life changes and reassure me that tough times don’t always last.
Solomon’s well-known observation, “To every thing there is a season,” is centered in his diatribe on how meaningless life is. Solomon’s bleakness is in contrast to his other writings which were more positive. His mood at the time is evidence of the truth of his statement. Some days are just better (or worse) than others. And sometimes the rough days seem to be strung together endlessly. It is during those times that we may be tempted to agree with Solomon.
However, after he had vented, Solomon found a way out of his bleakness. He accepted the reality that time and seasons change and ended the book speaking of the one thing that is constant in life- God Himself. Whatever season you are in right now as a caregiver, find the beauty in it, knowing that change does come, but you can always rely on God no matter what.