Autumn to me, is a combinations of adventures and memories. It’s walks in the woods, apple picking, and the intoxicating smell of spiced baked goods infusing the house. It’s the chilly breezes that chase away summer’s humidity. It’s ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, and the vibrant colors right at home.
One of my favorite things about fall each year is watching the leaves change through the season. It is incredible. They start slowly, as if shy. Here and there, a solitary tree will burn with color, but most lack the courage. Warm shades tint the leaves with nothing but a gentle, timid touch for weeks.
Then suddenly, everything is ablaze.
I was surprised by the grand reveal this year. I am every year. While I thought I was watching for them, the changes drifted by unnoticed. I was so focused on the one tree that outshone the others or the one which lagged behind, that I forgot to notice the overwhelming beauty of the whole.
That is true in so many aspects of life. Do you agree with me?
Just like I don’t notice every leaf changing, I am too often so focused on the minute details of my life that I forget how overwhelmingly beautiful it is, as a whole.
Can you imagine what it is like? While you are upset because the your work “tree” is still stubbornly green, God has created a masterpiece around it. While the “leaves” of your relationships don’t have the color you long for, you’ve missed seeing the outcome of God’s artistry in other areas of your life.
Sometimes he doesn’t work in the way we expect, or prefer; but he knows what he’s doing, and he works for our good.
I want to remember to be constantly amazed and delighted by everything God has done in my life, and the perfect way they work together. I want to step away from my worries and my to do list for a moment to praise God for the splendor he has created, and is creating, in me.
P.S. Did this post encourage you? Challenge you? Do you disagree? Leave a comment below! I’d love to chat.