The glossy calendar hangs from a thumbtack in my bachelor pad boasting a portrait of a beautiful tree changing colors along Highway 23 in Lake Huron, Lake Michigan.
It serves as a reminder of my favorite pastime when traveling North on Rt 23 in North Jersey with my family seeking who could find the prettiest colors amongst the changing trees.
The colorful palette of a New England landscape are only a memory for a guy living in Texas. From New Jersey to Maine, the Northeast offers the most amazing and breathtaking foliage displaying God’s appreciation for fine art.
For my friends back home, enjoy every minute of the astounding scenery before the leaves make way to the ground waiting for someone to pick it up and say, “Hey, look at this one, isn’t it beautiful?
Autumn represents change and change can be beautiful. Change needs to be welcomed, just like the Fall, it’s going to come whether you enjoy the Autumn season or not.
Walking the local hiking path I recount all the change currently taking place in my life. I know it is all good yet some of the pain that comes with change is easier to endure when we see the benefit of the change within us.
The change taking place is the growth of my mind, spirit, and soul. I become thicker skinned in a strange way where loss and negative change weakens its effect on me. This is unusual for me as the heart that beats inside my chest bleeds only tenderness. Growth abounds.
Growth and change offer opportunity. Learning something new about love, people, ourselves, and life at large on a daily basis teaches us how to fight when we need to and when to admit defeat.
Experiencing these changes makes us wiser and often tests our faith. The changes come faster then I bargained for, yet I realize it’s all for the good. The pace of my growth over the last three seasons makes up for the years of stagnation I unintentionally deployed.
The upswing of accepting difficult change offers maturity. The things we can change that make us better people are worth seeking out.
The things that we can not change for we do not possess any control over them, can also make us better people.
Forging through undesirable change gives us strength when we seek it in the right places.
There is also beauty in change. The decaying leaves offer a pretty sight and crunchy sounds under our feet. Wait a couple of seasons and the deciduous trees will have new growth representing fresh life. It may be all green but it has a beauty all of its own.
Certain changes took place in my life today that I will share at another time. I prayed today about a particular situation and a decision that will alter my comfort zone entailing a significant change. I am quickly reassured as I find a scripture in front of me that says:
“For I the Lord God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not,
I will help thee” Isaiah 41:13
Although I am a south paw, with God holding my right hand it’s all good. I have developed a healthy concern for unforeseen changes yet and I stand intrepid. When God tells me He will help me, I believe Him.
Now is the time to take in the expanse of the natural scenery and enjoy the short lived Autumn with God’s right hand actively painting vivid colors displaying His massive artwork that is the envy of every art gallery.
Are you challenged by the change in your life? Nature’s bright colors are showing you there is a creator and He wants you to see Him in His creations.
Open your heart towards the One that can see you through these changes and the changing seasons of life.
If you give God the steering wheel, and an unexpected change takes place, know that somehow, somewhere He is making room for something new in your life. Trust Him, He has a plan.