They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. Psalm 1:3
I absolutely love fall. It is my favorite time of year. The colors, the smells of cinnamon, and pumpkin EVERYTHING, the crisp, cool air, and who can get through fall without football!
Recently, my youngest son has become fascinated with the trees in our front yard. A young boy driven by rituals, has now created a new one we must adhere to, which consists of walking to said trees each day to observe their new colors and to see how many more leaves have fallen. Yesterday as we were examining the mounting pile of leaves in our front yard, Hunter asked me, “Why do all the leaves change colors and fall to the ground?” Without giving the question a whole lot of thought, I simply answered, “Well, because in the spring, God will give these trees shiny new leaves!”
“For I am about to do something new. I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
Our walks with God are not much different than a tree shedding its leaves in the fall. When we choose to live our lives for Him, and to reflect His presence in our lives, He gives us shiny new leaves. However, sometimes, just as evidenced in the change from fall to winter, our old leaves are shed only to be buried in a season of darkness and dreary, cold storms-much like the days of winter. This doesn’t mean that God has left us. Instead, it means that in time, and with Him, all our dark days, all our cold days of loneliness and despair will make way for new days. Like the promise of spring, our pain and our struggles will cease, and we will be shiny and new, just like the trees in our front yard, which will soon be covered in new, green leaves.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1
The changing seasons in our lives are scary, and sometimes they don’t make sense, but if we keep our eyes on Him while He is shedding our old leaves, and pruning our branches so that we may bear fruit (John 15), we will have a renewed spirit once God brings us through the winter days of our lives, and brings us the promise of spring time bliss.
“Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.” Hosea 10:12
And, if we just like a small child, stop and examine all the leaves that have fallen, we can see and remember just how God has made all of those old leaves new, and how he has used those dark days for good, making beautiful things out of the dust.