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Going Through the Seasons

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. (Psalm 1:3 ESV)

Fall… ahhh I love it!!  The trees changing color, the weather a little cooler, even the air smells different. Everything is changing.  But to change means that something must go.

The trees in my yard are just starting to change. When my 3 year old grandson was visiting the other day, he looked up at the trees and said, “Look grammie, rainbow trees!” I love seeing Fall through his eyes.

Leaves are falling. The once rich deep green color turns to vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow. And soon, that tree will be empty. There won’t be anything left on the branches. Part of me feels sad when the last of the leaves has fallen, wishing they could stay colorful a while longer.

We tend to forget that for every beginning, there is an end, and for every ending, there is a new beginning. Even if those leaves are gone, that tree is still standing.  The branches remain strong and still reach up into the sky and will be renewed next Spring.

We all go through different seasons in our life. Some of them are hard, such as financial hardships, loss of loved ones or jobs. And whether we realize it or not, those seasons change us. I believe that God allows things in our life to happen so that we don’t remain the same. Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for the good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”

We don’t know all the reasons that God lets bad things happen, but if you ask God for discernment, you can discover how God can redeem the situation and bring benefits to your life as a result of those hardships. God is telling us to just let go. Let those leaves fall. Just let Him show us what He can do, what He can teach us. Depend on His strong branches, not on the leaves that have fallen. Let go and let God!

Have a blessed day!


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