2017-11-15 - Beautiful Change
Each year I look forward to and am enamored by autumn beauty, and this year has been no exception. Our summer in the valley nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains was over all quite dry this year. I was a bit concerned those conditions would dull the colors of the leaves, yet I have been pleasantly surprised and appreciative of many trees with stunning contrasts. Also, some cooler days more suddenly following some windy ones just ahead of it have made many blankets of leaves beneath their former homes, creating a reflection of color under those branches. This year, I believe that God is specifically showing me how change can be beautiful. He’s always drawn me to this particular season of transformation, but due to a few big changes going on in life for me, I think this being the season that particularly warms my heart so it helps add a positive spin on a time that could easily be even more difficult without Him. It’s His way of showing me he is right here with me and not going anywhere. Unlike with the leaves, changes going on in our minds, lives in general, and those things having to do working hard physically for so long do not always register as beauty and goodness to us, as they unfold. I’m very grateful that in His time, God will show me the beauty of life’s changes I don’t always understand. I am also grateful for the change that will come when He receives me at my appointed time. His plan and the means by which he achieves it are perfect.
"Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.” (Psalm 102:25-27)
All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.