“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . .” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV)
From emptiness to fullness, how do we get there? Much has to do with seasons and timings. And transitions.
As I have witnessed the robin build her nest, which I almost removed from my porch lattice, I have marveled at how patiently she waits for the transitions to happen. She doesn’t squawk and beat her wings or chide the eggs to hurry up and hatch. She just sits on the nest and waits. Occasionally, she flies off to get a worm to eat, and then returns.
When the eggs hatched, she fed the babies and sheltered them from the wind and rains with her own frame. Then one day, I went to look at the babies, and they promptly plopped out of the nest, big enough to hop away and live their robin lives. The mother robin didn’t squawk or cry or say her life was over. She just reinforced her nest, and waited.
My husband did some research on the life cycles of robins, and we were surprised to find out, she might lay two more sets of eggs before spring was over. Currently, she is sitting on four new eggs.
She does what she was designed to do. Bear eggs, warm them until they hatch, feed the babies and watch over the babies, and then let them go.
I am learning to flow with the transitions over here. I am working part time, helping my sister with her fledgling teenagers, and traveling when we can. But instead of squawking and wishing I was in a different season of life, I am resting in the now. Enjoying the creative flow of work, play and rest. Teaching art classes on Fridays, preparing for summer adventures and trying new things, too.
This summer on Tuesdays, I will be offering art journal/prayer prompts in The Consilium Prayer Room hosted by Janet Cafer and Irene Serrato. If you’d like to come along, request membership in the Consilium group, a private Facebook group. Tell them Kel Rohlf sent you. Once you’re a member of that group, then you can request membership in the prayer room to share in the community there. I hope you join us, and I hope to have more of a presence again at the soulPantry, as I transition to the adventure of hanging out this summer with my nieces and nephews.
How are you handling the transition of the seasons?