I copied this story from a blog by Sara Stolpp. I like it too well to not have a copy, and I want Diane to see this tonight, no matter where she is looking! Diane, honey, this one is for you and there is nothing better that could be said for you right now, so here is Sara’s blog to you! We love you, sweetie and you are not forgotten tonight. Now go read this on Sara’s beautiful website! It looks lovelier there. ShelleyJo
There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.
The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.
If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfilment of your fall. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.
Don’t judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time.
I got this little story in an email from my mom and it made me think of one person, my best friend Diane. She is going through a hard season, one that has lasted a long time and I hope this story gives her some hope for her future. This season too shall pass and without going through it you won’t know the beauty that is the future. Life without pain will be that much sweeter having known something different. You will come out of this more stronger, more humble, more empathetic and more thankful for life! I hope tomorrow marks the end of this season in your life and I pray that God delivers you into more fruitful seasons! I love you!
posted by Sara on Nov 19, 2008