Seasons of Life


There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn to not 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.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted.

The second son said no – it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed, he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but 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, fulfillment of your fall.
Don’t judge a life by one difficult season. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

39 thoughts on “Seasons of Life

  1. Julie, this is so good. How you said, “Don’t judge a life by one difficult season. Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.”
    I have a loved one whose choices have created much difficulty for both him and others. I so needed this confirmation of what God has already been speaking to my heart. That this difficult season does not define the entirety of his life. There are better times ahead. Thanks

  2. Reblogged this on New Things and commented:
    I needed this tonight…I’m pretty good at not judging another in a rough season, I need to be kinder to myself, and not judge my entire life by a winter season. This is so good!


  3. Yes, no condition is permanent [for all season].

    May God help us to always dwell in his love so that we ourselves will really be a subject of possible changes all rounder.

    Spiritually, I want to believe that there are some people who can never change, they will always remain stagnant in the spirit. Though we don’t need to judge these people, we have to pray that the Lord should distribute his love and understanding evenly so that men won’t remain stagnant -in the spirit- for life.

    Thank God for the refreshment I got from this post. Good day, Julie

    • Thank you for stopping by my blog. I got a lot from this story too. None of us should remain stagnant. God has growth planned for all of us. We just have to look at each other through God’s eyes.
      Bless you on your Spiritual Journey.

  4. Reblogged this on Lessons by Heart and commented:
    Every year the earth changes according to the seasons, and so does each person’s life. Don’t miss this excellent article on this topic. While you’re there, be sure to read more of Julie’s thought-provoking and insightful posts. \o/

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