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A Season of Change

“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.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

I’m sitting in my “sun room” enjoying the brilliant colors of autumn outside. Even in the “season of dying,” the Lord brings to our eyes, beauty. Everything He does is beautiful. This, too, is “the harvest season.” All of this brings to mind that there will be a harvest of souls from “every nation, kindred, tongue, and people” one day. Dying and death is not the end. There is a “spring” coming.

As October slowly fades away I think about what it means to me. October is about trees revealing colors they’ve hidden all year. People have an October as well. We all seem to change when the cooler weather sets in. It’s like our bodies are telling us it’s time to settle in for a long winter’s cold. I read this poem written by Peggy Toney Horton. She captured in a few words what October really means to me, and I’d like to share it with you.

“Ah, Lovely October, as you usher in the season that awakens my soul, your awesome beauty compels my spirit to soar like a leaf caught in an autumn breeze and my heart to sing like a heavenly choir.”

October is when we start enjoying the winter crops that were planted in late summer. It’s the time of gathering in of the harvest to store away for the winter months. It is the time of year I hear the ax splitting the logs as we start filling up the wood shed for a cold winter’s warmth. It’s when I see the leaves falling carpeting the front lawn with layers of iridescent crimson and gold. It brings me joy to witness the leaves dance, twirl, and float as they drift down to cover the earth. It’s the season for squirrels to scamper around from tree to tree gathering and burying nuts for their winter sustenance. It’s the sound of acorns hitting the top of the roof and landing on the ground. It’s the time to show the abundance the Lord has provided by decorating the outside of our house with the many colorful pumpkins the Lord gave us. It’s when we make sure our home is all ready for the cold, icy breeze that wraps the house in winter’s fury. It’s when I make the first pot of hot soup to warm the innards. It’s when we make sure the animals are ready for the cold by ensuring that their shelters have enough hay to insulate them from the sometimes harsh chill of winter. It’s when I see the thick coats of fur and feathers on our animals. It’s when I snuggle up in a blanket on the couch with my Mr. (Vernon), and we watch his favorite K-Dramas. It’s when the tea kettle whistles to provide a constant flow of Roma, Hot Chocolate and Chi Vanilla Tea, to keep our insides nice and warm. It’s when I put on my long-sleeved shirts and warm sweaters to cover my limbs to protect them from the elements. It’s when I feel the morning cool on my face… and then I know my favorite time of year is here.

I mentioned earlier, “People have an October as well.” As we each approach the winter season of our lives when we will sleep waiting for the “renewal of spring,” let others see the beauty that the Lord has wrought in us. Embrace the changes that have taken place by God’s grace working in and through you. Share the abundance of blessings and wisdom He has showered upon you. Bring warmth into souls that have grown cold by the buffeting chill of life’s winds.

The changes that take place in our lives every day, I accept those that lie ahead throughout all areas of my life. I honor and embrace the essence of who I am in Christ. As my light shines brightly I invite peace, joy and happiness into my heart. I reflect on the inspirations from the word of God, and I welcome the overflow of blessings into my life. I trust in the guidance that my Lord has given, and I feel blessed and grateful.

My prayer for all of you is that you embrace your October, and you accept the changes that God has placed ahead of you.

“May this Blessing of Change bring you an abundance of joy, love, peace, good health and happiness in Jesus for the month ahead, and always.”

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