Updated: Oct 4, 2021
I absolutely love Fall. I love everything about it, but of course not the ragweed that messes my allergies up at the same exact time every year. It always manages to take me down for a few days. After that I am full steam ahead on all of my most favorite things. Growing up, my favorite time was Christmas for obvious reasons. As I have gotten older, Fall is so much more wonderful. It is filled with cooler weather, falling leaves, football, bonfires and all things cozy. It also has my favorite holiday “Thanksgiving” and my birthday! It is a time of change of weather, family gatherings and reflection.
I reflect on what the year has blessed me with and favorite memories and the creation of new ones. As my girls have gotten older, some of our traditions remain the same. I am always shocked at how much they hold on to those traditions even as they both are approaching adulthood, I have raised two old souls for sure. The pumpkin carving and the dressing up is still happening every year no matter what and I am so thankful that they still appreciate the little things. We still put out fall decorations with the hay bales and scarecrows and the whole nine yards and we love every minute of it. The geese start flying south and changing locations, the leaves start changing color, and the weather is making changes of its own, too.
Fall is definitely a time for change, and just as you can't stop the seasons of the year from changing, you can't stop the changing seasons of our lives either. We have to embrace the growing and transitioning of each phase and all of the positive change that it may bring. While all the changes that are occurring may not be uplifting or encouraging at the time, we can take comfort in God's plan and His perfect timing. As I look back over my entire life, I see the evidence of His goodness even in painful and uncomfortable situations that have happened to me and those around me.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, we are told, ”There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.” What an awesome reminder that better days will come for us all eventually, whether it may seem like it now or not.
He is in control of these changing seasons and their purpose in our lives, not us. It is a reminder for all who believe that one thing that is not changing is God’s love for us and His purpose in our lives. I believe it truly grieves Him to see us hurt, but if you put your trust and faith in Him, you can always have hope for better days to come!