fall 2011 035

fall 2011 036Do you have a favorite season? Your first thought might be related to a particular sport. If we were talking sports, then mine would definitely  be football season, but that’s only because I absolutely love fall!

Fall time in Indiana is beautiful.

Right when summer is coming to an end, you’ll begin to notice a few trees (here and there) that have a handful of leaves  that have changed from green to red. A couple weeks later, you may see a tree f-i-l-l-e-d with brilliant orange, bright red and/or yellow leaves. It’s almost like magic.

Then there’s the change in weather.

The air becomes so pleasant – cooler and crisp, minus the summer’s extreme heat and humidity that once smacked you in the face and made you sweat before you even made it to your car. You not only want the windows wide open in your house, you turn off the air and drive with them down in your car.

So refreshing.

Instead of wanting to spend time in the water, at the pool or in the lake, you’re spending time with friends at a football or soccer game or around a bonfire.  I can smell the fire now. I  love it.

On the other hand, it is my husband’s least favorite season, mainly because it makes him think about what comes next  – winter. He also finds it somewhat discouraging that everything that he worked so hard on (outside) to look nice during the summer – turns brown and ugly and dies.  

Change of any kind, and the result of it, can be pretty difficult, confusing and frustrating –  agree?

We purchase all types of products and invest in workout programs to make our appearance look nice, then all of a sudden – none of it makes a lot of difference as we see wrinkles form, and then the body begins to take on a whole new shape regardless of how many times we run, walk, or do our sit-ups.  Funny, because I remember the day when I thought that only happened to ‘old’ people. Well, here I am. It does happen. Ha-ha.

Then there are those  unexpected events that catapults your life into a whole new direction. Just in the last couple of years,  I have had good friends either lose a job, a friend,  a parent, a spouse, and even a child. Those are all seasons of change that make you question “Is this really happening – to ME??”

I recall that feeling of uncertainty very vividly when I had to say goodbye to my mom almost 18 years ago, and then a few years later – my dad. After a while, and it did take some time, I finally found my purpose in life again when I was reminded that there is one thing that we can count on to always remain the same  – and that would be what our amazing God has to offer. His unconditional love, his promises and grace, his expectations and his perfect plans for us never changes. What a comfort.

No matter how ugly life may seem at the time, never forget that he makes everything beautiful – in his time.   

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8

Ecclesiastes 3:1- There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a 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 down 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 a 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 to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”




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