For anyone who knows me at all, you know that I love fall. Always have–before everything Pumpkin became the norm. I love the crisp in the air, the colors, the smell of pumpkin and apples and cinnamon baking, apple cider. There’s something about curling up with a warm beverage, a book and a blanket with the look and smell of fall out the window.
I love football, fall food–chili, soups, and warm dips–all appropriate for football of course. As well as squash and baked apples and all fall beverages (including a pumpkin spice latte). A perfect fall weekend includes a perfect mix of taking in the colors and weather, football on the TV and cozying up when the temps dip.
With the change to fall, comes a change in a lot of things that might be unwelcome to some. The flipflops, shorts and sunscreen get packed away and layers, boots and cooler temps become the norm. Seasonal allergies typically raise their head for me and others and I always struggle with keeping my pedicure fresh when there are times that I might have an open toed shoe moment in the fall–(tips are welcome!).
At the end of the day, I always feel that my soul truly becomes alive in the fall. And what’s interesting is that fall is when things come to a close. Harvest comes and we close up the season of fresh veggies abounding on our tables. We see the dead corn stalks used on every block as decor, but we sometimes forget that we are using something dead in a new way. The beautiful colors on those trees that I’ve been known to stop and snap a photo of–those leaves are dying and I’m stopping to notice them now. Not when they’re at their peek, but now. On the verge of death.
Perhaps there are some things in your life that are changing seasons. Sometimes things must die so that we can appreciate new life. We have to say goodbye to good things in order to experience better things.
Let these fall reminders be a reminder of God’s promise in Isaiah. We can’t yet see the newness that is to come, but seeing the change is sometimes the only reminder we need.