Today, I was looking at the beautiful golden, orange and red leaves falling off the tree and scattered on the grass and sidewalk. Fall foliage is beautiful. I thought about how amazing God is to create such beauty through change. The leaves fall off, so new leaves can grow in the Spring, after a season of barrenness.
When I am going through changes, I don’t often see the beauty. I have tried to cling to the old, instead of embracing the change and beauty waiting for me. Change can be unnerving, because we do not know what is waiting for us. As I looked at the Fall leaves, I wondered what it would be like if I saw change as an opportunity to see what beautiful things God has planned for me. What if I accept the change, even though it may make me sad or nostalgic for the past? What if I trust in the Lord to lead me to the next season of life? Once the old is gone, there will be a season of barrenness, before the new buds form and create new leaves.
Instead of fearing change, I need to trust in God and wait with excited anticipation for the beautiful new things to sprout up in my life. Instead of clinging to the old, I should be like a child joyfully jumping in the leaves enjoying this beautiful life. The bible has these lovely verses about the seasons of life and a time and place for every joy and each sorrow.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
–Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)