The fall season quietly
teaches me about living life in harmony with the Spirit of God. All of life
ultimately points its finger to the One who made it. Fall does it in a splash
of color and chill.
Cooler temperatures usher in
the change. Swaying trees show off the golds, oranges and reds of the season. Their
beauty masks the fact that these brightly colored leaves are in the
process of dying.
Day after day the new colors
Unable to process the sunlight, the leaves pass from being workers, to resting in a blaze of color. Finally, the life cycle complete, they flutter and dance in the air
to the ground.
Just like the leaves, we all start out healthy and vigorous. Our society honors youth and ability, but what about the
older years? In this country, the
elderly are seen as too dependent, a bother. Often ignored, the aged are not
held in any honor.
But the Lord shows me that
aging is beautiful.
The foods of the fall season
include corn, pumpkins and cranberries. These are plants that are sown in the spring,
but cannot be harvested before the fall.
Vegetables like tomatoes and beans can be picked all summer long, but
not these crops. Through the spring and summer, they grow and thrive, waiting
Sometimes, the good things
we expect take time to happen. Like the fall harvest, there may be a wait.
Seeing other people reach
their goals can make me chafe and wonder where my blessing is. But like a
patient farmer, I can wait. The answers will come; the goodness will be there.
In it’s own time.
When the weather gets
cooler, it’s time to put on the jackets and coats, mittens and scarves. When
the sun was strong, no layers were needed. But now, the winds blow and the
temperatures drop. Added clothing creates a defense, keeping us warm and
When our life circumstances
get hard, we need protection too. Job losses, divorce and financial challenges
are just some of the hardships we face. Some will be hurt by harsh words. What
will protect us from these cold winds?
The Lord gives the gift of friends,
family, and faith to keep all warm in the cold weather of life. No one gets through life without
troubles, but we are not alone. Our protection comes from God, and from his
gifts of support.
Reflecting on the fall season
has led me to discover the love and care God has for all of us. I see the
beauty in all phases of life, the virtue of patience, the gift of protection
given in the hard times, all on display every morning I wake and move through
The trees are calling to come and walk among them again. If I stay vigilant, I know I’ll learn so much more about the love of God, through his beautiful creation.
Linking today with: Sharing His Beauty
Labels: aging, autumn, harvest, protection