Sunday, September 22, 2013

FALL and Becoming

Favorite photos from a previous Autumn

Dear Readers,  Some of you have wondered...did I find her?  Yes, after several failed attempts, I found my teacher, "Mrs. Fisher", and we have reconnected through Facebook.  I am overjoyed.
I knew you would want to know!

Did you see the leaves on the trees grow limp and droopy?
I'm certain you've seen this as Summer has worn on.
As Fall approaches the trees look like they're longing for change.
Maybe they are ready for cooler weather.
Or maybe it is the refreshing rain for which they are longing.

Now Fall has arrived!
Today is the day!
Yesterday as we drove on one of our main streets in town we talked about the last day of Summer.
You probably did that too!
And did you notice every time you drove past that big maple tree the leaves seemed to change a little more, almost within an hour?

This morning, yet again, the colors were more vibrant and distinct.
I'm sure you noticed it too.
Everything is still MOSTLY green.
I mean the leaves are still mostly green when I say everything.
I squint my eyes and I wonder.

I wonder about all the color.
I wonder about all the beauty.
Did you squint your eyes and wonder about any of this?
This beauty and color for a few  weeks will be splashed across the landscape before falling away.
But right now it is hidden under green.

Autumn is beautiful here in Indiana in a Mid-Western sort of way.
There are festivals and pumpkins and mums and hot cider and bon fires AND s'mores.
Do you enjoy Fall activities?
Surely you have a favorite.
Fall is miraculous, a seasonal MIRACLE.

I am always amazed every time I see the green change to vibrant color.
Please tell me it amazes you too.
The color is hidden under the green waiting for cool days.
It is waiting for some gentle rain.
It is waiting for some stiff wind.

All this brings change from green to color.
And I wonder since the miracle of color lays beneath the green in the leaves,
then what miracle is waiting to surface in me and in YOU?
There is a miracle in YOU.
Did you know that?

It may take a season, or several seasons.
It may take drought and hard times.
It may take some gentle or pelting rain.
It may take cool breezes or even stiff wind.
The elements will bring change.

In its time,
a season will come,
a miracle will happen,
Hold tight!
What are your thoughts as you squint your eyes and wonder?

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Old Testament Holy Bible Ecclesiastes 3

1 comment:

Donnie Pirtle said...

Beautiful words and pictures! Yes, I wonder about so many things and am so thankful God is in control. Have a wonderful day.