"You are Autumn"

Monday, October 18, 2010

"And still I notice You when change begins, and I embrace for colder winds. I will offer thanks, for what has been and what's to come...
You are Autumn"

I had some "Me" time today.
I drove downtown to Starbucks and spent some time studying, and catching up on my "to do" list that is a mile long. It felt nice to get away and have some time not to feel rushed.
On my way back today, I was stopped at a red-light by Vanderbilt, and driving back there are some beautiful trees. It is a beautiful day, and the sun is shining and the wind is blowing.
I noticed the leaves falling off the trees, and the beauty in all the colors.
Such beauty in this change of seasons.
Funny, that the song' Gratitude was playing in my car.
This song by Nichole Nordeman, talks about different seasons of our lives and giving
thanks regardless of the time. This song was meaningful to me during my Freshman year of
college and I often times am reminded of that season in my life.
It was one of the most challenging moments of my life.
A dry spell if you will, however such beauty, newness, and wholeness was created because of that season of my life.
I am thankful for the pain, the struggle, the tears, and the joy of that year.

I realize change is happening all around me.
It's constant.
Uncertainty is difficult, waiting on God's timing for things to come together, to make sense, for happiness to come, for rest, for life to somehow come together- its difficult.

Regardless of the time in life.
The season physically.
The season in your own heart.
A cold, dry place.
Or perhaps, a warm, vibrant, season full of life.
Either way, regardless of seasons, feelings, or people
God NEVER changes.
His love is constant, through all of it.
He has a plan in & through everything in our lives.

So be encouraged.
Whatever season you are facing in your heart, and your life....
He makes All things new.
His timing is difficult to trust, but He gives the Grace to sustain each of us during the
"waiting" period.

If this seasons of your life is full of life, thank Him for it.
Hold onto these moments, for this is how we become faithful when life is difficult.

I was reminded today simply of the beauty of seasons.
Not only to watch the trees and nature change around me,
but the promise that even after the coldest of winters, when everything is dead,
new life is awaiting....

"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord..."
Jeremiah 29:11

1 comment:

  1. I needed this. I, too, think of these things, Bethany. I loved it.


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