And now it is winter.
Funny how time has a way of moving rapidly and catching us unaware of the passing years. It was only yesterday that I was young, energetic, ambitious, and looking forward to accomplishing many good things.
Now, those things seem like eons ago. I am no longer young, energetic, or ambitious. Where did all those years go? I’m sure I have lived them all because I occasionally have glimpses of my life back then and my hopes and dreams.
But, here I am, in the winter of my life, and I am caught by surprise. How did it arrive so fast? How did I get here so fast? Where did all those years go and what happened to my youth?
I well remember seeing older people and thinking those years were far removed from me and I could not imagine what it would be like to be that old, but finding solace in the realization that I was young and full of energy and hope. And now it is winter.
Many of my friends are retired and getting grey, assuming they have enough hair to turn grey. They move slower. Some are in better shape than I am, others not doing as well. I see the great change. They are not like the ones I remember who were young and vibrant. Like me, their age is beginning to show, and we are now like those older folks that we used to see and never imagined we would be.
Taking a nap is no longer a treat. It is mandatory! If I don’t do it of my own free will, I simply fall asleep where I sit!
Now, as I enter this new season of my life I feel unprepared for the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to do the things that I routinely did in my earlier, younger years.
But I am certain of this, that even though the winter of my life has arrived and I don’t know how long it will last when it’s all over for me on this planet, it is really not over. A new, and far greater adventure will begin when Jesus arrives to take me to my heavenly home!
Do I have regrets? I certainly do. There are things I wish I had not done, decisions I regret having made. Still, there are many things I am happy to have done. It’s all part of life.
If winter has not yet arrived for you, just know that it will...and much faster than you think it will. Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, you had better get a move on it! Time waits for no one!
Life flys by very rapidly. Do what you can today because your winter will arrive before you expect it. Life offers no promises that we will see all of its seasons. Say and do all the things you want your loved ones to remember and hope they will love and remember you for all the things you have done in the years past.
“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after you. Make it a fantastic gift.