Where I live the days are getting shorter and the air is getting crisp and cooler. As the leaves on the trees paint themselves into a myriad of beautiful colors before they fall to the ground, the birds, squirrels, and other animals outside are getting ready for winter.
There is something so beautiful about this time of year. The temperature is wonderful – you don’t get baked by the heat of the sun yet you only need to wear a light jacket to stay warm.
If you have never experienced the fall season, it is something you have to do. The smell of the fallen leaves is intoxicating.
To some people, the onset of fall only means that winter is not far away. They dread the long cold nights that lie ahead. The days are considerably shorter in the winter. In the winter we get about eight hours of light versus over fifteen hours of light in the summer.
While others do dread the coming months, I enjoy it. I love the change of seasons.
I love the first few snowfalls. When it starts snowing the clouds are heavy and thick. It is strange because on one hand the air is completely silent like the clouds have formed a blanket overhead that absorbs all sound. Sometimes it is so quiet that you can hear the snow falling on the ground. But on the other hand certain sounds seem to travel much further than they should. I usually can hear the horn of a train that passes more than five miles from the house. There is nothing like looking out of the window and seeing the landscape transformed with a covering of white that no one has yet touched.
It is during the winter season that I wait with the anticipation of a child on Christmas morning for the first warm day that will start to usher in the spring. I know a rebirth is coming.
It is with the same anticipation that I try to face every new day. Granted there are some days that the feeling of anticipation may not be as great as others but overall I do look forward to what each new day will bring.
There are some days that turn out better than others but even when a bad day or a few bad days come along, I know that eventually, just like the seasons change, the fortunes of the days will change and better days are sure to come.
I know that God is looking out for me no matter what is going on in my life. Even in some of the darkest times that I have been through, in the end, when I look back, I can see God’s hand directing me along a path that brings me out of the darkness and back to a new springtime with all of the rebirth that comes with it.
In Ecclesiastes 3, God has told us that there is a time for everything. Just as there are good times for us there are times that will be very difficult for us. Life, and everything that happens in our lives, is a cycle:
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 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” Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
God has also told us to put our trust in Him: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
So when you are in a period of your life that seems like the darkest, coldest days of winter, understand that going through these times is a normal part of life and that everyone goes through similar times – you are not being singled out. Put your trust in God that He will see you thought these times and help you find days that will bring with them the rebirth of a new springtime for your life.
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