My favorite season of the year is Autumn. I love the colors, the cool evenings, and the feeling that change is happening. Change is not a bad thing. I think the changing seasons illustrate that. There is something I enjoy about all the seasons. Sure, in the winter I often long for warmth. In the summer, I seek some cool refuge. The beauty of it all is that despite change, I know I can find something I love about all the seasons. I love the coolness of the autumn, the beauty of the fallen snow in the winter, the rain in the spring, and the warmth of the summer.
Marriage relationships are like seasons. Change is inevitable, change may be colorful, and change can be wonderful if we allow it. I often hear couples say things like “they are not the same person I married”, ”since having kids I feel like we are not the same”, or “now that we are empty-nesters, I feel like we don’t know what to do with our relationship”. Changes like these are ok. It makes perfect sense that people change over time. Life changes, and relationships can and should change with them. I am not saying we should find different relationships. Rather, I think we would all do well to embrace life changes and find a way to re-invent our marriage again and again with the changes. That way, marriage will be the hub that helps you weather the seasons of life.