Autumn is coming to us here in central North Carolina. Well, okay, the temperature for most of this week has been hanging around 90, but we have a day coming up with the forecasted high being…63! I’ll take that as an indication that fall is on its way and run with it. The idea of autumn coming kind of makes me want to burn every pumpkin and apple spice candle in my house and jump up and down and squeal with excitement. Really, I love fall.
I remember learning in school that in literature autumn is used as an archetype for tragedy or death. I understand that, but fall just feels so alive to me—all the vibrant colors of changing leaves, cooler weather for layering long sleeves and sweaters, the state fair, my birthday, and lots of Thanksgiving goodness. Mmm, so good!
Really, I love any time the seasons change. In the middle of the summer, when I’m sweating like crazy just thinking about stepping foot outside, it’s good to know that cooler temperatures will be coming soon. Or in January when I have to bribe myself with promises of hot coffee in order to get out of my nice, warm bed, I think about spring coming in just a few short months and the frigid temperatures are a little more bearable.
I think a lot of people are afraid of change in life. Unlike with the change in seasons, a lot of times we don’t really know what to expect when our lives start changing. And sometimes the changes are difficult. I remember going through a breakup with my high school boyfriend and thinking that the change was just so hard. Looking back now, though, I thank God that I’m no longer in that relationship. (All friends and family reading this are enthusiastically shaking their heads in agreement right now). My life is so much better now, despite (and probably because of) going through what was a difficult change at the time.
I think one really exciting thing about following Christ is that even when our lives change, we can always trust that God will lead us in the right direction. We never have to worry about what the changes that God initiates will bring about in our lives—they will always be good, always for our benefit. And when changes happen that are out of our control, we can trust that God will cause even those things to work together for our good.
As the temperatures start dropping and the leaves start changing color (just pretend if this isn’t happening in your part of the world), let’s grab our pumpkin spice lattes and cozy sweaters and let’s be reminded that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and just thank Him for all the ways He’s changed our lives.