Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEV)
Living in Singapore for 10 years meant that seasons took on a different perspective. It was either hot or hotter and wet or wetter. When I think of seasons, I see them more in terms of seasons in life. This might relate to personal situations, professional growth and career, family, or relationships. I have just entered a new ‘season’ involving the birth of a child, of my son (yes, the G word!) which I was cognitively not so excited about, but have to say that it’s the most wonderful ‘season’ I could ever imagine for our whole family!
In your leadership role I’m sure you have found yourself in a range of ‘seasons’ this year and in the words of the Crowded House song, possibly “…four seasons in one day”.
From the church perspective we are now in the season of Advent, a season of reflecting, waiting and preparing. For learning community leaders, it can be more about waiting for the last ‘end of year’ event, the last student and staff interactions, the last email from a parent, the last staffing position locked in and preparing for 2020, not quite the intention of the Advent season “waiting and preparing”.
Maybe we need to refresh our thinking with the words of Isaiah:
A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler.
His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.
His power will never end; peace will last forever.
He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong.
He will always rule with honesty and justice.
The Lord All-Powerful will make certain that all of this is done. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
The “Prince of Peace” provides us with a whole new perspective for this season. Rather than exhaustion from all of those end of year events and challenges and preparation for the 2020 round, we have the promise of “A child who has been born for us who is the Prince of Peace”.
So, my prayer is that you are able to move from the ‘never ending event’ season to the season of peace. Allow the Prince of Peace to bring love, joy and peace into your heart and home as we approach the celebrations of Christmas and a New Year ahead.