I’ve always loved autumn. Where I grew up in Oregon, the aroma of fresh water when it rained made the air crisp, the leaves on the trees were pretty, vibrant colors, and it got chillier (hello sweater weather). However, once everything was dead and nature barren, it doesn’t look as nice as it once did. In fact, some people would even argue that they miss summer and wish it were warmer already and hadn’t gotten past November. We do this, don’t we? We like the pretty things and ideas of our plans, but we don’t want to see the reality of what that process may take. Or even step outside and walk in the cold, uncomfortable weather.
I’m thankful for the transitions of seasons, even when it takes a while to change when I want it to (Texas, *cough). The Word says how there’s a time for everything and it’s a necessity to shed what’s dead.
“Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens; a time to be born and and 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 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 time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time yo e silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Whether it’s to say good bye or to let go of what’s heavy and burdening, we all go through seasons. And it’s good for us to be stripped bare and be completely exposed of what we need growth in so that when the time has come, we can bloom new blooms and smell of a fragrance that lures people to Jesus. That we may give account for why we have joy, and how we were able to rid ourselves of old ways (1 Peter 3:15). It’s when we fully surrender, fully let go, that God can really do the work in us. Anyone else going though change and/or waiting for something like me? Lets be thankful and endure together!