As the Season Changes


I grew up in South Georgia where the seasons blur from one to another without any major changes. I missed out on fall colors for years. When the leaves begin to change, I feel like a school girl, waiting expectantly for cooler temperatures and fall fun. I read somewhere that fall is nature’s last fling before settling into winter’s sleep. I absolutely LOVE autumn for so many reasons:

·         Brilliant colors

·         Leaf piles for jumping

·         Great hiking weather

·         Crispness in the air that makes me feel alive

There are seasons in our lives when joy seems like a favorite pastime, and we feel anything but alive. When our hurts outweigh our smiles. When I look back over the past seven years, I can relate to the Israelites who slaved for the Egyptians while longing for freedom. Alas, they were freed only to wander in the wilderness. Surprisingly, the Israelites began to long for captivity again, because it was familiar. The promised land seemed like a cruel joke – a place they’d never truly know.

I am so thankful that this season of my life is one of great joy. While I wouldn’t say that I’ve “arrived” in the promised land, God has multiplied my joy and given me a new passion for life. As I watch the leaves fall from the trees, I think about the new leaves that will grow in the spring. Unless the dead leaves are removed, there cannot be new growth.

Now that Tears to Joy has been released, I feel a freedom to learn from the past, and yet to prepare for the future.
 
I'd love to hear from you -- what do you most love about Fall?

 

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Tears to Joy: As the Season Changes

Monday, October 15, 2012

As the Season Changes


I grew up in South Georgia where the seasons blur from one to another without any major changes. I missed out on fall colors for years. When the leaves begin to change, I feel like a school girl, waiting expectantly for cooler temperatures and fall fun. I read somewhere that fall is nature’s last fling before settling into winter’s sleep. I absolutely LOVE autumn for so many reasons:

·         Brilliant colors

·         Leaf piles for jumping

·         Great hiking weather

·         Crispness in the air that makes me feel alive

There are seasons in our lives when joy seems like a favorite pastime, and we feel anything but alive. When our hurts outweigh our smiles. When I look back over the past seven years, I can relate to the Israelites who slaved for the Egyptians while longing for freedom. Alas, they were freed only to wander in the wilderness. Surprisingly, the Israelites began to long for captivity again, because it was familiar. The promised land seemed like a cruel joke – a place they’d never truly know.

I am so thankful that this season of my life is one of great joy. While I wouldn’t say that I’ve “arrived” in the promised land, God has multiplied my joy and given me a new passion for life. As I watch the leaves fall from the trees, I think about the new leaves that will grow in the spring. Unless the dead leaves are removed, there cannot be new growth.

Now that Tears to Joy has been released, I feel a freedom to learn from the past, and yet to prepare for the future.
 
I'd love to hear from you -- what do you most love about Fall?

 

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1 Comments:

At October 17, 2012 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Scott said...

I'll give the answer 99% of guys in the South will say – football.

It also means building fires in the fireplace, which means S'mores. Yes, you can do that in the summertime but it feels a lot more natural when you're not swatting mosquitoes and the temp still isn't in the 80s at night.

 

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