Today marks the first day of Autumn.
This is by far my favorite time of the year. I know many who feel the same way. What is it about this time of year that evokes such affection?
Maybe it’s the changing colors. Maybe it’s the cooler weather. Maybe it’s the return to the familiar routine that gives us comfort. Or maybe it’s the food available which allows us to make delicious food in our kitchen.
I believe it’s a combination of all of the above.
However, change is oftentimes hard. We don’t like things to no longer be as they once were. We like to know what to expect. The seasons change, yet we always know summer will once again return. It’s not like kissing a relative goodbye with the gut-wrenching realization you’ll never see them again. No, summer will come following the Spring we prayed for.
How true this is in our marriage. Seasons come and go, yet there is the awareness that no matter how much change occurs, our marriage will survive. The cold Winter of difficulty will produce the new growth of Spring. The hot, steamy challenges of Summer will give way to the soothing breezes and rich colors of Fall. After 31 years of the changing seasons, I’ve realized the patience of God in how He treats us. He knows our frame. He knows we are dust, yet He lovingly leads us through all the seasons we face. He gives us hope and the promise that difficulty may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.
Why not plan an evening to talk about the changes you’ve faced or are facing in your lives right now. Sometimes simply knowing your grounded together through the changes with your lover, partner and friend is all you need to embrace the new season, whether the changes seem good or bad.
Tomorrow we’ll continue our talk on The Fruit of the Spirit with the focus on “long-suffering or patience.” How kind of God to prepare our hearts today for what He wants to share with us tomorrow.