I like summer. I like spring pretty well. I like winter quite a bit.
But I adore fall. One of the many women in the world who love. this. season.
A friend once told me she felt as if God romances her when Autumn shows up; as if the season is so dynamic that it’s mysteries are almost better left unsolved. Sort of like God Himself: we simply will not know all of Him.
I’ll be happily & unashamedly sipping a pumpkin spice latte all season long, picking up pastel colored Cinderella pumpkins from the local market, driving up into the mountains to pick fresh apples & making my home cozy for the coming cool months.
I cannot easily explain what happens in my heart & soul in the Fall. The feelings begin when the temperature outside goes down about 15 degrees & I simply must put on more layers (I’d also rather wear socks & shoes than sandals. Weird?). In the dog days of summer, I have no heart to get snug & comfortable in my living room with rustic smelling candles (masculine scented candles are my favorite… & fresh linen scents). The sun is blazing outside & so why would I want to be inside holed up with a book under a blanket on the couch? I just can’t justify it! There are people outside riding bikes & having picnics & hiking & driving with all four windows down. So much freedom & life happens when the sun is shining bright & the temperature never changes from “HOT”.
But when the temperature finally shifts to “COOL”, I’m inspired.
You folks definitely don’t need to hear about all the reasons why I love fall because I bet you love this season for the same logic. But I wanted to share a little bit of my heart with you because we’re pals, yes?
All the words above are just a reminder to live seasonally; physically & spiritually. What do I mean by that? Well, I’m still learning but (my really close friend 😉 ) Shauna Niequist has a sort of mantra to “be where you are & be who you are”. We can’t live in the now if we are constantly reaching for the future or grasping onto the past. After all, God tells us not to be anxious about tomorrow. Living “in-season” physically can be done in so many different ways, shapes & forms. We decorate our homes for the season & the respective holidays. We might strive to get in shape in the spring & maybe put on a few pounds in the cold months. & in a season of joy, we run around with smiles on our faces, arms outstretched for inviting others in, or perhaps monetary flourishing allows us to take a crucial vacation with our spouse.
Genesis 8:22 (The Message): For as long as Earth lasts, planting and harvest, cold and heat, Summer and winter, day and night will never stop.
The sun will continue to wake us each morning & the moon will keep kissing us goodnight. Spiritual seasons can bring strife, suffering, joy or love. We must grow & expand with what He brings, learning about ourselves but not losing sight of the unique way in which the Lord created us. For example, I am a simple type of woman. I don’t wear much make-up, I don’t cook fancy meals too often, I’m content with having what I have, I’m not a natural born hustler & I’d be terrible at a job in sales. I’m becoming more aware of how God made me, but also learning about how He can still mold & mature me in this season of my life. To live the fullest in this next Autumn season, perhaps we can set aside our challenges from summer and learn to rest well in our cozy living rooms & listen to the whispers of the Holy Spirit. To live the fullest in this next Autumn season, perhaps we can light a candle & put on our sweatpants & get dirt under our fingernails by digging into The Word instead of running out to Target for something we don’t necessarily need.
So what are you feeling in this season? How is God shaping you? What will you do differently this Fall with your home, relationships, community? Don’t lose sight of how He made you, but pay close attention to how He is transforming you.