Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The harvest of a season . . .



"Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life."

-Hal Borland

Spring, no doubt is one of my favorite seasons....it's about life and rebirth and about hope.

but,

summer would definitely be a strong second...as time is more carefree, and fun, and the days are longer.
That would be followed by Autumn (or fall), and my least favorite....old man winter (and I don't even live in a cold and snowy climate).

Each season has a beginning and an end, yet in no way can be rushed. Because they are marked by the moon and by the setting sun. And this timetable has remained unchanged for eternity. We can put our trust in that.

I. . . put my trust in that. 


But, sometimes, well more like lately . . . 



 I've been having some difficulty with the timing of some of these personal seasons in life. I sometimes feel like God has maybe just forgotten. 


Right now, I would really like to run ahead of His plan and implement my own, but this time of year like no other reminds me that if I try to get there in my own timing, I will most likely miss the harvest altogether. And I guess at the very least some lessons to take with me to the next season.



So, I went back to re- read some of Solomon's words...(Ecc 3:1-2) There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.....(3-8) A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. 

 This time I think I got something else out of it. Maybe when He provides these cycles in our lives it's not really about just getting through to the other side as much as it is the work we need to do while we are there. That we need to be active participants, not by standers in waiting.


The seasons of time and of life are really no different as both are guided by His hand...and have been for eternity. Both not only signify change but without either maybe there would be no way to appreciate where we are, where we have been and the changes that take place within us along the way.

And can I put trust in the seasons of time without putting trust in the other?

I just need to remind myself of this over and over again that His timing not mine is important. To be reminded that I'm not in control and to be patient so that I may know and understand better the rhythms that make up the heart of life. Some rhythms, seasons, easier to dance to than others, but grateful to be dancing none the less.

 Love, Kim


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27 comments:

Anita Johnson said...

I might need to re-read this post every few weeks until our spring comes again, about 8 months from now. What a beautiful, truth filled post.

augcott said...

I envy your faith and beliefs .... it's such a lovely post.

Barbara said...

I love those sweet little orange flowers, I don't know what they are but they sure are pretty.

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful post!

Tamar SB said...

Nothing screams fall more than mums and gourds!!

kathyinozarks said...

I agree such a lovely post Kim-always enjoy your photos so much too
if you get a chance stop by and sign up for my giveaway-items in my soap shop-will draw 4 winners on friday

Kathy McB said...

I always remind myself I wouldn't appreciate the Spring as much, if I hadn't suffered thru the Winter. The seasons of life are the same phenomenon I believe :)

Dotti said...

Wonderful thoughts, Kim; I needed to hear them. Thanks for the openness. Yes, I'm working at really being here 'now', and let the process unfold. We talk about this all the time in our photography, don't we? But it applies to our lives as well. Lovely photos and so happy to see you shooting again!

Liz said...

Great thoughts, Kim! I too am struggling with the seasons of life. I wish I knew God's plan (at least regarding my son).

Your images, as always, are beautiful! I love your textures.

Viv Halliwell said...

As I get older I feel the seasons race by I'm trying to learn to embrace them all.... A hard job for me love your corn shots...

Linda/patchwork said...

Great post...and, wonderful photos.

It's sometimes really hard, when things seem to be going all wrong, to wait for God's timing. But, it's what we have to do.

That's where faith comes in. We just have to hope what we want, is what God has planned.

Take care....

Hula La said...

Lovely post! I love the fall and all of its glory! (until the snow comes falling softly...) Yes, I promise for those of you who do not get to experience the changing of the seasons, I will soak it all up and send it out to you wherever you are in the universe!!! Aloha!

Nancy said...

Very profound and thoughtful post Kim. I often feel it's important to experience what each season has to offer and not "wish" for the next one to come along.

Deanna said...

You do learn what is important in your life when struggles occur, and God is not answering in the time you expect, I know with your strong faith and insight that you will savor all the "seasons" in your life. Beautiful images to illustrate your beautiful post!!

deb said...

beautiful images & blog ~ my first visit ♥ looking forward to stopping by again.

Brenda said...

Love that quote about autumn carrying gold in its pocket - what a wonderful word picture and beautifully illustrated by your image.

Kim Cunningham said...

Yes, my friend, yes! There are so e seasons which I know I'd rather do without, but God has always always used those tough times to teach me something about Himself, and myself. It's hard to see those times as a mercy, but very often they are. Praying that you have abundant faith in the rough times.

Nicki said...

I have to catch myself from wishing seasons away - time is precious and far too fleeting on its own. Lovely images.

Jeanne said...

Beautiful capture of the fall colors kim!

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

A most awesome post. Love number three and would hang number four on my wall for sure. Hang in there, enjoy the gleaning.

Sharon said...

Thank you for your thoughtful post. You are right about the seasons. And sometimes feeling forgotten. And needing to learn, not just wait for the next season to get here already! The flower photo is especially lovely.

Pieni Lintu said...

Love the autumn feeling!!

Cathy H. said...

Your gorgeous images illustrate your thoughts so well. It is so hard for us to wait on God and try to understand his timing.

Kelly said...

Several bloggy friends seem to be going through exactly what you so eloquently write here Kim. I think events in my earlier life have led me to learn to slow down and be in the moment while the process is doing what it's suppose to do. Watching you beautiful women going through these seasons has given me fodder for a blog post. Xo

Kim said...

Wonderful post, and most timely! Thank you!

Linda R said...

Such a wonderful post my friend. You have such a wonderful way with words.
And your photos are just a beautiful as your words.

Hugs~

Connie Smiley said...

What an outstanding post, Kim! You've personalized those treasured words of Soloman, and accompanied them with breathtaking photos.

I couldn't help but wonder, as I read this, how that caterpillar felt when it hung lifeless from the leaf. Maybe not the season it would have chosen, but oh, the glory to follow.

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