[Thursday thoughts... Sometimes I need a reminder that there's beauty in each season. Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time for everything (a truth made popular in 1965 by The Byrds), but read on and we are assured that "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."
One of my favorite lessons from painting was that in order to get a better perspective on the subject, sometimes it could be easier to paint upside down. Now how topsy turvy is that? To get a better perspective, throw out your perspective altogether?! Yet sometimes that is just what our situation calls for. We know in our hearts that we were made for more. We crave beauty. We lust for perfection. Yet all our desires fall flat here on this earth.
We need a shift of perspective. The eternity, beauty and perfection we seek is not one that will be found in this lifetime. But through the renewal of our spirit, He is transforming us from glory to glory. So in these seasons that shape us, I'm thankful for the beauty he brings in its time. And thankful that he has turned the world on its head to bring a new perspective.