“I fell in the love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
This quote came to mind yesterday as I looked at the leaves changing color in my neighborhood. The transition seems to have happened differently this year than it did last year. Like the quote above, it’s been slow and then all at once. I’ve been waiting and watching for autumn to arrive in North Georgia. I might be wrong, but compared to last year, everything seems to be running one or two weeks behind schedule. I’m guessing it’s right on time…I’ve just been overly eager for it to fully arrive.
Yesterday, as I drove down the road toward the elementary school to pick up my son, I thought to myself as I looked around, “It’s here!” The trees I had been waiting on to take their place on the stage of life had finally arrived. Like an impatient audience member waiting for the Broadway show to begin, the curtain had finally gone up!
Waiting for the leaves to transform fills me with hope and anticipation. While I know this season means winter is right around the corner, there is something sacred and special about this time. The breathtaking beauty is almost like our Creator saying…winter is coming…but remember this.
I read Psalm 84 this morning. Here’s a portion of it:
Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca,
they make it a place of springs,
the autumn rains also cover it with pools,
They go from strength to strength,
til each appear before God in Zion.
One thing I love about autumn and the changing leaves is that it’s such a good reminder for our hearts that we can draw on the beauty of who He is even in the darkest seasons of our lives. He is our pool of unending hope and strength. Winter is coming…but remember.
Last weekend, I went to see Rend Collective in concert. The lyrics in this song remind me of this ever-present strength and hope we have in Him. No matter how cold or how dark the winter is, this Truth remains: “We’ll cast our crowns before Him like the rusting leaves of autumn now every chain lies broken…”