Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year.
I love everything about it.
Football season is back! (Go Dawgs!)
The temperatures start cooling off.
Long sleeves and hoodies come out of the closet.
Almost every recipe involves pumpkin!!!
The leaves begin to change into the most beautiful colors.
Evenings are spent with blankets and coffee.
I always love living in the mountains, but this is definitely the time of year I love it most.
It seems like everything slows down just a little as autumn arrives, and I can just take a much-needed breath before the craziness of the holidays begins.
This year as I’ve watched the leaves outside our home change color and begin to fall, it has reminded me that nothing in this world lasts forever.
This is my favorite season. Winter, Spring or Summer may be yours…but none of them stick around.
It’s the way God intended it to be.
As much as I love Autumn and everything it brings, I’m thankful for the other seasons as well.
I love the quiet snows of Winter.
I love the blooming flowers, new life, and warmth of Spring.
I love the sunshine and swimming pools (and air conditioning! 😉) of Summer.
One season gives way to another just as it has since God spoke this world into existence.
We need the changing seasons.
There could be no Autumn with its beautiful colors without the leaves budding out in Spring.
Though one may be more enjoyable to us than another, they’re all necessary.
It’s the same with circumstances in our lives.
There seem to be times of calm and times of chaos, times of peace and times of turmoil, times of laughter and times of tears….
But they never last forever.
Sure, some are more enjoyable than others, but they each serve a purpose.
We couldn’t enjoy and appreciate the calm, peace, and laughter without the chaos, turmoil, and tears.
You may be in a pleasant season right now.
If so, soak it up.
Thank God for it and enjoy every moment.
You may be like me and find yourself in a season of sorrow.
You know it’s necessary, but you’re enduring rather than enjoying it.
If so, don’t give up.
Thank God for it and trust Him to bring you through it.
He will, you know.
Romans 8:28 still says that all things work together for good to them that love God.
He’s never messed up before; He won’t start with you or me.
You’ll come out the other side and be able to adequately appreciate and enjoy your “Spring” because you’ve just endured your “Winter.”
No matter where you find yourself today, look back at the faithfulness of God and look forward to the promises of God.
Nothing lasts forever.