I sit in the light of the morning autumn sun, mesmerized by the steam of my coffee dancing like the leaves out my window.
Fall captures my senses like no other season; leaves turn vibrant colours, the cool air feels crisp on my skin and fresh in my lungs, and all gets quiet in preparation for winter. It is a season of hot beverages, crunching leaves, and giving thanks for the flutter of activity in farmers fields as the harvest comes in.
… It is both a season of great beauty & a season of preparation to be covered up by the cold of winter. Can it be that a season marked by the perishing of all that summer sustained can be so beautiful?
I can’t help but parallel our lives to this Autumn season; characterized by both beauty & brevity.
We often live in one of two extremes when it comes to the reality of the brevity of this life.
We ignore it.
We fear it.
Both of these perspectives rob us of the beauty in this brief season, enslave us to fear, and render us ineffective to walk in the destiny that God has for us right here and now. Is there another way?
Beloved One – consider how the leaves loosen their grip on the branches they once clung too, dance to the ground upon a breeze, and are covered by the white of winter.
Likewise, the Spirit of Truth whispers like the wind and invites us to continually ‘let go’ to all that we desperately cling to, to trust that God will gently carry us, and cover us in His Grace & Promise.
The world around us shouts the message that right now is all that we have. (Y.O.L.O sound familiar?) But there is another voice of greater consequence that whispers another message.
Right now is a gift; a season of preparation that is of great importance.
… but it is only Autumn.
Indeed, Spring is still on its way.
‘Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.’
[1 Corinthians 13:12 NLT]
Lord Jesus – My prayer for us today is that You will open our eyes to glimpse what You see. Our perspective is so finite & limited. We fear so easily…and You know that there is much to be afraid of when our focus is on the things of this world. Remind us today of the story that each of us is apart of – the story You have been writing since the beginning of time. Remind us that we do not walk alone, but in the footsteps of so many who have gone before us – and for thousands of years! ‘We know that we [belong to You], and that the whole world lies under the sway of the evil one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is TRUE; and we ARE IN Him who is True, in His Son Jesus Christ.’
(1 John 5:20 NKJV)
May you walk with me today, like a leaf among the breeze, trusting in the care of our Heavenly Father and letting go of all else that we cling to that we might hold tightly to the Truth of who God is & the hope that is ours who have put our trust in Him.
Spring is Coming.
— Jalene Elsa
For your further study:
“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”
— Revelations 21:3-5
“Because God’s children are human beings- made of flesh and blood- the Son [Jesus] also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”
— Hebrews 2:14-15 (NLT)
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me [Jesus]. There is more than enough room in my Father’s house. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going….I am the way, the truth and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
— John 14:1-6 (NLT)
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are Mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you…You have been chosen to know me, believe in Me, and understand that I alone am God…For I am about to do something new. See I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland…so my people can be refreshed”
— Isaiah 43:1-2,10,18-20 (NLT)