A God of Seasons.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:

A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.

But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.

Amen.

This morning, I got up and put on tights, my new puffy down coat, boots, and french braided my hair to get out the door and get coffee. Normally, if I don’t have coffee in the morning at home, I can wait until after practice, except on workout days like today.

It feels like Fall.

As I was listening to the local radio the other day, the conversation was about Aspen tress and how some are still green and yellow. The man laughed and said, “Some just don’t want to die.”

I listened and smiled. God gives life to every tree; it will change in His time. Not in ours.

We were driving down South for a workout a week ago, and weaving up the mountain were Aspen trees, bright greens and yellows, painting the quiet snowy-topped mountain.

I can’t take photo credit for the pictures below, but I’m going to take some pictures soon!

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And, the sweetness of this season is found in pumpkins and spices, gooey homemade carrot bread, leaves that fill the roads, snow that sits still until it melts in the sun.
And, it is found in people, in conversation, in talking about the season, about God’s goodness, about how He makes everything beautiful in its time.
 
So, enjoy the sweet season of Fall. Talk about God’s creativity, about pulling out cozy blankets and mulling spices. Celebrate this season of Fall by taking time to slow, to see the trees, to hear the wind, to celebrate crisp and cool air. We serve a God of Seasons. And, every one of them is a reason to celebrate.
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