One of my favorite seasons. Have I mentioned I have four favorites?! There is a beauty to every season that if you don't choose to enjoy, you'll miss it. In the summer division of the year, one thing I need to take in is these peonies. Many find the ants annoying (and usually, crawling ants drive me up the wall too) but I'm able to see past them when I get to clip some for my dining room table and get a whiff of these beauties!
I wish for every kind of season - not just the "term in the year" type of season - I could know what fragrant flower I needed to be ready for. So I could gear up to enjoy it's spell. But life doesn't work like that. Predictability isn't a reality when it comes to relationships or circumstances. Or, simple day to day life.
What does exist though, in both of these cases, is the anticipation. The wonder and excitement for what could/can potentially happen. The expectation that God really does give us wonderful gifts, in every life season.
"...everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected
if it is received with thanksgiving." 1 timothy 4:4
I have so much to be grateful for ... so, so much. But in the moments my gratitude starts to fade, that is when I begin to see/focus on the "blemishes" of my life. That which is so minuscule in the grand scheme of things, ends up eating away my time/energy/thoughts. When...EVERYTHING that God created - every single season - is good.
And though I may not be experiencing it or have no idea what is getting ready to bloom and when, I can rest in the thought the God created good for me and I can anticipate how awesome those fragrances will be.
pic pix: ma beloved peonies, at home, Jul.2014