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  • Writer's pictureSimone Coleman

Seasons of Life

There is a time and season for everything. A time to prepare, plant, grow, and harvest. It’s all apart of the growth process.

My battle with cancer was just that, another season. It prepared me and it went through the very same stages I just mentioned. My recovery is a daily process that I grow in each and everyday. During the battle somedays it was hard to find the right words to express how I was feeling. Through this journey I prayed that I would be able to fight to live a better life. To take on each day with a renewed mind and humble heart. There were also challenges that prepared me in how to move forward with relationships with close families and friends. I made the choice to love my past enough to let it go and to live each day with a fresh start. I prayed about my choices and I prayed about my future. I asked God to make me new, to change my perspective that cancer had on my way of thinking and my way of living.

Since then, I have learned to trust more in Gods plan than relying on my own limited thinking. When I leaned solely on him I accomplished more than I ever thought possible. More than I ever imagined and its only been two years. I have had the opportunity to do great things and I know this is only the beginning. I chose to trust him and he made it all possible. If he did it for me, know he can do the same for you. No matter what season of life you may be in, God himself can turn that situation around. Isaiah 55:8-9 tell us that his thoughts are not ours, his plans aren’t our plans. God already knows our stories and is already aware of what we would go through and who we'd become. Write the vision and make it plain. I often wrote out and prayed for great things to happen during this battle. Although I couldn't see it, God was already working it out for my good. Dreams can still come true. Dreams can happen to you too, if you let your purpose live through you. I once heard a patient say, "When people put a time limit on your life your purpose changes." My cancer journey has gone from survivor to advocate. I prayed God would use me in a mighty way.

Out of the four seasons Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall- I’ve always enjoyed the Fall. It’s not hot and not too cool. I wish the seasons of our lives had the same temperature regulation but unfortunately it doesn’t. Some seasons of our lives feel like a fire pit it’s so heated with turmoil. While other seasons are beautiful, gorgeous moments, and plenty of sun to bask in. I believe that there are also seasons of growth as well. When we grow in life, we become even better than we were before.

I was always taught that life will grow you up really quickly and for some people they mature in the process. Mentors use to explain this very concept through nurturing. Their nurturing however was in the form of mentorship, education, and other formative experiences. Those aspects of my life prepared me for the heat of the next season. As I continue to grow, it is time to lay down those very seeds planted and take action!

What happens when those seasons began to merge together and life seems to knock you down time after time? How do you handle it? Where does your faith lie in that very moment?

Which season are you in?” Whatever season you find yourself in, embrace it and appreciate the unique gifts it has to offer.

Don’t rush the process of life. Enjoy the seasons you are growing in. Hold on to every moment. Moments become memories quicker than we realize. Everything that happens in life serves a greater purpose. Life is to be lived, life is to be celebrated, and life is to be loved. And know that all things work together for the good of those that love the lord and are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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