“Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest” (Jeremiah 5:24).
“Hey, I’m not finished with fall,” the rainbow-colored, snow-covered maple tree complained.
Why do things have to come to an end? Especially sooner than expected. When disease strikes and causes unexpected changes, we complain like the maple tree: “Hey, I’m not finished doing that job.”
Life becomes unpredictable. The seasons remind us God is still in control. We can depend on spring following winter, as more foliage sings for joy.
Fall has always been my favorite season. Even before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), I looked forward to the brilliant colors. Now, more than ever, I love the crisp temperatures. Lower humidity allows me to drink in the breathtaking beauty of the trees.
Yesterday, I treated myself to a photo shoot. The fall foliage provided a beautiful backdrop to the covered bridges which sprinkle my county.
As I gazed on the splendor, God spoke to my heart, whispering sweet verses. His timing is perfect.
- God has a plan for my life, to be revealed in His perfect timing. “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
- Along with the leaves, I will offer Him a symphony of praise. “Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.” (Psalm 96:12)
- He makes all things new. He will show me new ways to serve Him. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)
At times, it seems like MS has turned my life into a scorched desert. But, my Creator can transform it into a lush, fertile garden. To spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.
Changes can bring beauty. Changes in temperature reveal the hidden beauty of the leaves, colors that were there all along. Changes brought on by MS have revealed the beauty of God’s faithfulness that was there all along.
While enjoying the traditions of the season (caramel apples, football games, marching bands, and pumpkin bread), reflect on the promises of fall.
Prayer: Dear Father, Forgive me when I complain about changes in my life. Remind me of Your promised provision. Shift my attention to the Your power and order displayed in Your mighty works. Examples of promises echoed throughout the Bible. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs. http://theblogfrog.com/1505794
How does the beauty of the season remind you of God’s love? What season makes you sing for joy?
Take a moment to see the autumn leaves of the Great Smokey Mountains sing for joy as Autumn arrives! -Lisa