The Seasons of Life

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 gone and come back, the man called his sons 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, that it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them.  He said the tree was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all correct because they each had seen but one season in the life of the tree. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are–and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life–can only be measured at the end when all the seasons are over.

If you give up with it is winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, and the fulfillment of your fall.  Do not judge a life by one difficult season, and do not let the pain of the one season destroy the joy of all the rest of your seasons.

Pastor Carol

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