Though autumn has long been one of my favorite seasons, it is generally associated with death. Is that how you’ve viewed it?
In the “unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies” sense, yes, autumn is tied to death, but as I’ve walked in creation this fall, I have been struck by how busily nature is preparing for new life.
Will you walk with me around our pond and catch a glimpse, through my meager photographic offerings, of some of the preparations being made for new life?
Our wise Father has creation sow her seeds throughout the year – some in the spring and summer, to quickly sprout and bear new life; some in autumn, left to winter in the cold hard ground. He has created the times and the seasons, and His infinite wisdom has devised a planting plan far superior to any we could develop.
So too does He have plans for our lives better than any we could concoct for ourselves.
Does it feel as if you are in a season of death? Left to winter in the cold hard ground? Does it seem unfair?
He sees bigger than I do, than you do.
He loves greater.
He works stronger.
He has a plan.
And He is preparing you.
The Lord brought to mind verses about His ways being higher than ours. I went to look them up, and was tearfully surprised by the surrounding verses. I’ll hush and let Him speak:
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.