I recently read a story that inspired and challenged me so I thought to share the same with you.
There was a man who had four sons, he wanted his sons to learn to not judge things too quickly so he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.
The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise.
The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.
The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfilment.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but one season in the tree’s life. He told them that they couldn’t judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are, the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life – can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
As I read the story, I remembered the bible verse that says;
“As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22
Life is a combination of seasons and we need to understand that every season produces opportunities that we can enjoy and sometimes challenges that we can learn from. Whatever happens, we need to understand that no season lasts for ever so don’t give up when times are tough and a season seems unpleasant because there are better and brighter days ahead.
Giving up might sometimes seem easy, but if you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfilment of your fall.
My lesson for you today is that you should not fall into the temptation of judging your whole life by one difficult season. Do not allow the pain of one season destroy the joy of the rest because every tough season has a turning point, which leads to the next, better and brighter days ahead.
God is on your side!