This year, the fall colors in Kansas have rivaled those I’ve seen in the Northeast, known for their fall foliage. What many pay good money to see, I’ve been able to enjoy in my hometown.
In Tennessee too, the colors are vibrant and gorgeous.
One of the things I’ve learned, however, is that the beauty of the fall colors depends greatly on the amount of rain that the foliage has received in previous months.
When I was in Tennessee in August, it rained nearly the entire time.
So I started thinking about the “rain’ in our lives. Those circumstances that seem, at the least, inconvenient, and at the worst, like a flood. The happenings that we complain about, pray about, lament over.
Most of us at one time or another has said, “When it rains, it pours.” When one thing after the other goes wrong, when the gray skies seem endless, it’s easy to lose our hope. Could it be that the adversity and inconvenience will yield a beauty in our lives, in due season, that is accomplished no other way? Perhaps others stand back and take notice of your vibrant life, having no idea of the difficulty of your journey.
It has helped me greatly to see months, or years, or circumstances in my life as “seasons.” I marvel at the work of the seasons. My dear friend used to often say, “This too, shall pass.” I can walk through adversity stronger, when I know it’s for a ‘season.’ These beautiful trees will soon lose all their leaves, will survive the harsh conditions of winter and will still return again in spring, looking more beautiful than ever.
Today I received a call from a friend whose family is in the midst of multiple health challenges. She wasn’t calling to complain or ask for help. She was calling to let me know she had found a variety of new shoes for $1.00 a pair and thought Salina Shares could use them. I was reminded of the gorgeous trees I’ve been paying attention to. Her life and generosity is truly beautiful to see. The work of the seasons has brought forth the fruit of selflessness in spite of her own needs.
Will you take some time to encourage someone today? We have no idea what ‘season’ someone else is in. Just because we see fruitfulness, does not mean they have not experienced the harsh elements. They may not be as firmly rooted as you think. They may not have the support system or circle of friends you think they do.
The rain will come. The sun will shine. The winds will blow. The snow and ice will fall. The seasons will change. We can not only remain standing, but we can thrive. Carry on, my friends. He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it!
Letting the Seasons Do Their Work With You,