It’s a funny time of year for me…it’s almost autumn. The hot and humid days of the summer have disappeared, and for now, here in Virginia, we’ve been enjoying weather in the seventies and low eighties. The sun is still shining brightly, however, there is that unmistakable crispness in the air. The nights are cool.
All that is missing…is what I love the very most…the colors of fall.
Why do I love fall? Let me count the ways. The smell of campfires, and hot dogs roasting. The beautiful color palette that spreads so beautifully right in front of our eyes. The crunch of leaves under our feet as we walk. Pumpkins, apple cider, beef stew, a big pot of chili with friends, apple cake. Either a cup of warm cocoa or a cold mug of craft beer in my hand…there is a time and place for both, depending on the occasion! For me, nothing touches my heart and senses like the autumn season.
When I think of the beauty of fall, and nature in general, my thoughts always drift to one of my favorite Bible verses:
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
How could anyone doubt the existence, power and glory of God when witnessing the beauty all around us? When I am outside, surrounded by the creativity and majesty of God, I feel so blessed and grateful. Who really needs the artificial pleasures of this world, when God has gifted us with His holy and majestic creations all around us?
And let’s take that a step forward…according to 1 Corinthians 2:9, we cannot even FATHOM what the Lord has planned for us when we are in heaven with Him. Perfect joy, perfect peace, basking in God’s perfect light and love. Colors, sounds, feelings that we are not even capable of conceiving in thought, are being prepared for us right now!
Even more beautiful than fall? Isn’t that exciting?
Dear Lord, please help me to always trust in your Word and your Love for me. Help me to open my heart, mind, body and soul to your Holy Spirit, so as to fill me with the pure joy that only comes from you. That joy is so complete, that I will not be able to contain it…help me to share your saving grace with a world in need.
Help me to see that for me, the world is encompassed in my daily life. Lord, please open my eyes to all the ways I can serve you today through reaching out, in your love, to the people you place in my life.
I ask these things in the name of Jesus.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Romans 1:20
- Can YOU see God? (applesogold.com)