What can spinach from my hubby’s garden teach me about the seasons of life?
See, I thought we’d have spinach at arm’s reach forever…until my hubby told me last week, “I think that’s it – the last of the spinach.” My heart skipped a beat. I was totally enjoying the fresh, tender leaves brightening up my morning egg white omelet. I relished the tasty change from romaine lettuce on my sandwiches. But most of all, it was easier to clean than the romaine (which tends to be slug-prone at the roots – ick!). Nevertheless, I understand that fresh spinach isn’t sustainable in 90° heat…it wilts – quickly. Then I discovered that the fresh romaine was coming to an end, too. Not that I would miss the slugs (by any stretch of the imagination), but it was quite nice not paying for lettuce! So I resigned myself to the fact that those fresh greens are now gone.
But the good news? We have another crop of yummy delights springing forth – because it’s their season to bloom. So I’m learning to munch on squash and zucchini at my desk – and lots of it. (I’m open to your favorite recipe ideas). No need for me mourn the spinach and romaine; I can rejoice with anticipation of cucumber and tomato salads in a few weeks!
Likewise, we must learn to appreciate the cycle of each harvest in our lives – including the periods of dormancy, separation, pruning, weeding, repositioning, and replanting. Cycle implies that things won’t stay one way forever, that a series of events may occur in a particular sequence, and that progression will occur. And for those of us who are naturally change-averse, it means we must learn to adjust – promptly!
I believe this cycle concept is applicable to relationships, too. Many times, we grow at a different pace from people we’ve shared space with for a long time. Sometimes our paths diverge from people we’d travelled with for years. We have to learn to accept this as part of the cycle. As I approach my 15-year college reunion (no, I’m not attending the festivities; yes, I’m in denial that I’ve been out of undergrad for that long – LOL!), I reflect that there are some people I was really tight with as a teenager, but now, we haven’t been in contact for years. Are they bad people? Not at all – but our relationship changed because our seasons changed.
So let us embrace the season we find ourselves in…for surely, it will change as time goes by. May we allow the cycle God intends for us – individually and collectively – to take its course in order to bring about the growth and maturity needed for all parties involved. And enjoy the spinach…until it’s time for squash…and as you wait for the cucumbers. 🙂
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.”
“7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
© Copyright 2012 by Kayren J. Cathcart