Verse of Reflection:
“He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
~Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP)
My running shoes hit the pavement and I gazed at the surrounding autumn beauty. On the brink of changing seasons, I admired leaves transforming from green to golden and scarlet. The ground still held its green in parts, while other patches were the color of wheat. As I approached the downhill stretch of my run, a slice of the moon shone in the afternoon sky, reflecting light from the sun.
The beginning of autumn is a beautiful sight of harvest colors, sweet apple and pumpkin treats, cozy clothes, and leaves twirling to the ground, crunching against boots. Near the end of the season trees stand bare and the green earth dulls brown. Whether vibrant hues or melancholy undertones, there is beauty in the movement of seasons.
The often gradual changes of autumn are reminders of the transformation we go through as followers of Christ. No lasting change in us usually happens over night, but over the course of days and months and sometimes years. The layers of our human flesh in due season, shed the old and make room for the new.
While the tan, worn leaves may not appear as lovely as the vibrant ones, they represent a cycle that has fulfilled its purpose. Eventfully the green leaves will bud again and flowers will poke through. Another harvest of crop will yield. The seasons repeat over and over, God chiseling away the old and making everything beautiful in its perfect time.
This autumn season while admiring the colorful leaves and harvest at its peak, like I did on my recent run, consider pausing to also soak in the beauty of the faded and old — for it all is an important part of God’s unfolding plan.
Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for the changing seasons of both the earth, and the changes we go through as Your sons and daughters, ultimately becoming more like You. Thank you that You know beginning to end, and that we can marvel in wonder of all that You have done, are doing, and will do. Thank that through even the dull and barren seasons there is purpose. Help us to find beauty not only in that which is attractive to the eye, but also in the unlikely. In the Name of the Most Beautiful of all, Amen