This week the mornings have refreshed me more than usual because of the wet, bright, mistiness that has met me as I walked out of my door. A couple days the sun shone brightly on all the new spring greenery, and a couple days the smell of rain and dew hung in the air as the sun fought to shine its brightest. All of these mornings remind me of hope and new beginnings…
My current season of life exudes hope; therefore, this weather met me where with how I was feeling inside: Excited, expectant (about finally being married!), a little sad (my Dad is doing better, but he is not like he used to be), mixed with great hope for the journey ahead.
The weather does help us process life. For example, last weekend my Mom held a huge garage sale to clear out her basement and garage. The first day was overcast, but dry, and dozens of people came to find the treasures. The next day, however, it rained; the rain started with a little sprinkle and progressing to large, steady drops for hours. Because my Mom and brother advertised so well, people STILL showed up and bought more of the things before a junk man took the leftovers away. My Mom repeatedly said, “It helped that is was raining because I’m sort of sad getting rid of all these things. The rain helped…” My Dad is already in Rockford, and my Mom is moving up there soon after she gets the house on the market, so lots of things have been changing.
My Mom saved so many toys, coloring books, craft supplies, records and cassette tapes from our childhood, and it was time to let them go. My brothers and I pulled items we wanted to keep. I kept a model John Deere tracker that reminds me of the farm we used to have and some of the toy dishes I played with as a girl. My brothers saved books and toys that they had loved too. We kept the few items that would help us remember, but we let the rest go. We don’t have to save everything…we can release a lot of things to people who will use them and then…YIKES!!! Get RID of the rest–this is new for our family, and it is a new process that I’m learning (partly from moving every year for the last six years and not wanting to lug too many boxes).
The release of letting go of those items and that home is sad, but also freeing. Our family is coming into a new season that we haven’t experienced before; it’s a little scary, my stomach flips at times, but it is healthier than hanging on to old things… It’s giving us more space and freedom to let new into our family… So the weather DOES help us with life transitions; it is one of the ways God helps us move on and grow.