Swiftly fly the years
One season following another
Laden with happiness and tears”
–Fiddler on The Roof
These lyrics came to mind today as I sat on the porch and thought about all the changes my family managed this year. Life as an empty nester is finally sinking in as there are no dishes in the sink, or crumbs on the floor and the cats are looking to me for food.
It has been a year of both sunrises and sunsets for us. We celebrated a graduation and both kids are reaching new levels of independence. Yet, we also loss of both of our mothers and I felt it was best I retired.
These events force me to acknowledge how precious time really is. I have an ever-evolving perspective as I consider how to spend the rest (and optimistically, the best) of my life.
There are a few writing projects I want to pursue. I have a huge collection of books unread. I hope to become a better photographer too! Yet, as much as I desire to do these things, I am no longer preoccupied obsessed with them. I’m trusting God that I’ll get around to them, eventually…
I want to live, not just exist,
I long to thrive and feel the bliss
to live by faith, not out of fear,
With time to cherish all who are dear;
With each sunrise, I seek to see
And do the work God has for me
May each sunset find me content
The time I spend, God finds well spent
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV