When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said,
“It is finished,”
and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
John 19:30 (ESV)
We are entering Easter season. In just over a week, we remember the day our Lord died, and then three short days later, we celebrate His resurrection.
Death begets life.
When a seed dies, only then can new life form.
When one season is finished, a new one begins.
Jesus’ time on earth was finished, but His reign from His heavenly home, His throne, was just beginning. He had more to do, but it could only be done from Heaven. The time had come to allow Holy Spirit to take His place here on earth.
We all have those sorts of seasons—childhood, adolescence, high school, college, singleness, newly married, empty-nesters, and so many more than I could possibly name. Some are too short, and others seem to last overly long. Yet, in each, we learn new things, relearn a few old things, and unlearn some unwise things.
I guess Solomon said it best, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecc. 3:1, ESV).
There comes a time when we must decide when a season is over. It’s not always pleasant. And sometimes, we let it last far longer than it should for various reasons—some of them selfish and others, not so much.
And then there are the seasons we have no control over. Childhood, adolescence, high school, they all have time limits. Age often sends us into the next season of our lives whether we think we’re ready or not.
I’m at that age now. Five of my seven children are adults, and the two remaining at home are not far behind. My second youngest will graduate high school in May. My “baby” will have his driver’s license soon thereafter. I will always be their mother, but my input into their lives slowly dissipates as the years pass.
This post seems a little maudlin, but I don’t mean it to be.
Even though plants appear dead in winter, they are not. The new season, spring, brings forth new life. Trees bud and flowers bloom. Grass grows. Animal babies are born. Everywhere you look, new life appears. And it is glorious (except for the pollen, but even it has a purpose).
Just so, another season in my life is coming to an end. I am stepping away from InspyRomance for a while. I have struggled with my writing for so long I feel like I have little to contribute here on a monthly basis. I pray by limiting my outside commitments that I will rediscover my love of story and the writing process.
This is not adieu (goodbye forever) but au revoir (to see you again).
I pray blessings on all of you, the authors of IR and the readers. I have enjoyed the posts, the comments, doing the giveaways, and being a part of the admin team.
PS. With permission from the admin, I want to tell you that I finally finished my compilation of my devotional blog posts from a few years ago. Like the posts, the book is called Love is … A Writer’s Look at 1 Corinthians 13. And because I consider you my friends, and you encouraged me so much every time I posted, I am making it available to you free until April 15th. Click here to get it via BookFunnel. Here’s the link if you’d like to purchase it to share with friends: Amazon.