I love the different phases that bucks go through in their antler development. Every year they lose their horns, only to grow back a larger set the following year. They then enter the “velvet” phase, where their horns are actually cartilage, covered with a soft “velvet” like skin, that supplies the oxygen and nutrients to the growing bone. The cartilage eventually hardens and becomes bone, at which the bucks then begin to remove the velvet from their antlers. It’s always fascinating to me, to see these animals go through these changes as the grow and mature from year to year.
I also love how life, automatically seems to bring change with it. In the course of one year, we get to experience four different seasons, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. We get to experience times of rain and times of drought. We experience times of warm weather and times of cold weather. Leaves change color, as they too come and go with the seasons.
Not just nature itself brings change, but we even experience change in our own lives, as we start from infancy and continue to grow and mature, as our bodies themselves change. As teenage boys, our voices go though a very awkward phase of squeaking (if the truth be told, I still find myself there every once in awhile).
Not only do our bodies bring change, but even life itself brings changes. From the loss of a job - to a job promotion, the loss of a family member and the addition of a new one, the moving out of one house - to the moving in of another, the loss of some friends and the addition of new ones.
Life is full of changes, and while some changes are not always so pleasant, I often wonder how boring life would be without these changes. Imagine if everything was the same... how boring would that be? So rather than letting these sometimes “tough” changes, get you down, try to look at life as an adventure and see them as opportunities for a new season in your life.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8