Fall has to be the most beautiful of all the seasons!
It's so amazing - the vibrant colors! God's beauty is vividly portrayed in every leaf. It is such a great reminder of how artistic He is.
However, in the changing of the seasons and the falling of the leaves we are also reminded of the frailty of this life.
"O Lord, what is man that you care for him, the son of man that you think of him? Man is like a breathe; his days are like a fleeting shadow."
It blossoms with sweet aromas ready for growth, it's time of fullness is
of utmost importance, and before we know it, it falls to the ground
soon before it crumbles into dust. Like the leaves on the trees, our lives are short-lived. We are "but a breath."
But how much do we think about the leaves? When they bloom in the spring we rejoice through sniffling noses because warm weather is approaching. When the trees are in full and the green canopies give us shade from the heat, we rejoice. And when the weather gets nippy and the leaves change into those beautiful colored outfits, we rejoice.
...But then what? They're gone. They vanish into the ground, and if we're lucky, get covered with snow. But what about them? They are lost...forgotten...buried under time.
So are we, aren't we?
We are born into this world with blooming potential. We grow - hopefully - into the fullness of what we were meant to be all along. And as we age we start to fall and fade back into the dust we came from.
Yet all the while, we are thought of. Just as we think of the leaves on the trees, the One above thinks of you and me. We are like a breathe in the span of time - we come, we live, we go - yet God above thinks of us!
Don't take the seasons lightly.
We all have a favorite season. For some of us, it's summer - we cannot wait for the cold to go away so that we can get to the beach! For others it's fall - we just love the festive-ness of the season. And then there are you "holiday cheer-meister's" who are all gung-ho for the holidays.
Regardless, we all look forward to our favorite season, but we dread all the rest. We don't take time to stop and smell the roses...or take a dip in the ocean...or jump in a pile of leaves...or truly celebrate the reason for the season. We wish them away like they're nothing. But they are vital to the rest of the seasons. You need a spring to have a fall.
Every season of our lives is as equally important as the other.
How crazy is that? We are nothing. Our lives are so short and seemingly unimportant to the spans of time, yet God above thinks of us, knows us, cherishes us, and loves us more than we could ever know!
Think back on that verse: "...what is man that you care for him...man is like a breathe..."
Each man is like a single leaf on a tree...supposedly nothing, yet absolutely something in the eyes of the Lord.
Don't waste your time on this tree. Bloom passionately. Grow and live with purpose. And go shining brightly and vibrantly displaying the Lord's work in your life.