“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven,” Ecclesiastics 3:1
Earlier this year, after the longish winter, I fell in love with Spring as never before – and now this November baby is back in love with Fall again. Just a few weeks ago I lamented that a month into autumn, the leaves were still green. It seemed August/September’s lack of rain caused many leaves to go brown and fall prematurely. But now, in the past week – like a male peacock preening, Fall displayed its plumage triumphantly! And while there ARE less leaves, the remaining leaves have peeled off chlorophyll’s green mask and unveiled their glorious authentic colors as temperatures cool and daylight shortens.
The profusion of color as the leaves turn in the Fall is on its best display during rainy grey mornings. There’s something about the yellows, oranges, reds, maroons and eggplants against that grey palette of the skies that takes my breath away. The rain darkens the bark of the trees and makes the leaves a little translucent. The diffused lighting of the cloudy grey skies softly passes through the leaves making them glow against the elegant dancing arches of the darkened tree branches. Oh yes, Fall is best viewed on inconvenient slightly cold rainy days.
This morning my daughter begged me to stop my comments about the foliage and exclaiming aloud how beautiful everything was. I could not promise her that I could hold in my joy if some pop of red/orange color revealed itself in the landscape. I am completely smitten again with my first love, Fall.
Fall, like Spring, is a season of transition. Lots and lots of change is occurring, and only Mother Nature and God who created it all can predict the rate of change and how the transformation occurs. After I commented about how the landscape was mostly green last week, my daughter impatiently remarked “Mom, the leaves can change at any time – it doesn’t’ have to be slow. Things can change very quickly.” She nailed it! Change happens when IT is ready.
I then began to wonder why, if I’m smitten with transitional seasons of Fall and Spring, why don’t I embrace and fall in love with my own seasons of transitions and change. Don’t just endure, but embrace, celebrate and flow with the transitions. God’s grace is in abundant supply in every season. Like the transitional seasons, it can rain too much for periods of time, or get too windy for our liking. But the rains are necessary for all living things and the wind too! The winds may knock off all the leaves but it is also carrying and spreading the seeds of new growth on its wings bringing new life to places that a tree’s limbs just cannot reach. And who can deny the breathtaking splendor of showers of falling yellow, orange and red leaves as the wind blows.
So embrace and celebrate the transitions in your live – let God’s grace empower you to use every inconvenience as an agent of growth and new life. Let the wind blow you around and spread your glory. It really is beautiful in every season. May God open your eyes to the beauty of your ever changing life.