I Love Fall. The coolness of the mornings and evenings. It seems perfect to me. The changing of all the colors….I L.O.V.E. it.
When we lived in Waco, I loved sitting out on our balcony in the morning (image above from a trip to Alaska – not my balcony view). We had a beautiful creek that ran behind our condo that was lined with Maple Leaf Oaks. As I watched the trees turn colors and then release their leaves I would wonder if there is any sadness in them at their loss.
Watching mighty trees be stripped bare and exposed through the harshest months of the year. Realizing not once does their stature ever change. They always stand tall, firmly rooted, magnificently awaiting the re-birth of their beauty. They seemed to understand the necessity of shedding the old; exposing themselves to the elements for cleansing which releases a deeper and more pure beauty with every passing year.
I believe the revelation in this, from Father, is pushing us to embrace the bareness and falling away during this cleansing season. It has shown me that we have to be willing to let go of some things we may cherish for our purest beauty and God’s best to be exposed. Allowing ourselves to be fertilized with the dry foliage (of our successes and failures) laying at our feet. Through the harshest of months, that foliage will become our compost and will release nutrients into the soil. Providing us the best opportunity to be stronger, healthier and more vibrant in the coming season.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
My prayer is this….
Father, help me to stand tall, not afraid to release the old. Exposing myself, with joy and thanksgiving; for Your cleansing. All the while waiting patiently for the newer, purer beauty of who You have created me to be. Holy Spirit don’t let me hold on to anything that needs to fall away that will help to produce a newer, purer part of me.
During this season, I will cling to and declare the promises found in these scriptures…
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.”
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Knowing that during this season I am being prepared for a stronger, more appealing cover when the spring buds begin to peak through. My position of planting will not be changed, I will still be firmly rooted in the goodness of my Father and that through this season of exposure He is forcing my root system even deeper into His overflowing river of trust, faith, grace and mercy.
Happy Fall Y’all!