To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
As summer has come to a close and fall is in the air, I can’t help but think about the significance of having a fresh start. Kind of like celebrating the new year, or if you’re anything like me, I try to think of each morning as something new and fresh. To put the previous day behind me and begin again, remembering that this is a new day with a redeeming chance to chase after God-given opportunities. There’s just something about the fall season in particular, the crisp air, cozy sweaters, change in colors, it puts me in a very nostalgic mood. I imagine God orchestrating the changes from summer to fall with the intention of working in and through us as we change and grow into the person He calls each of us to be.
I was listening to a podcast recently that talked about going after your heart’s desires. It seems obvious right? You want something, go after it. But that often takes hard work and consistency; two things that we can quickly get tired of if we cannot physically see the positive outcome or reward. That’s our nature as humans. All of a sudden it becomes easy to sort of stay back and hope your heart’s desires just sort of appear in your life. In reality, things very rarely turn out this way. It’s important to remember even if we cannot see what God is doing in our lives, we must remain strong in faith that He not only sees the hard work we are putting in, but He has a more beautiful reward waiting than we had ever anticipated.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
How beautiful that even though the trees lose their leaves and fade away come fall, they go through a beautiful transformation of autumn colors and grow again with each following season. The same is true for us, right? When we enter a tough season of life or a season of change, one that leaves us empty or unfulfilled, we may or may not realize it but it is actually an opportunity for us to grow as a person. If we allow ourselves the freedom to overcome a hardship or a leap outside of our comfort zone, rather than remaining in adversity and fear, we open our hearts to the beautiful works that God has the power to do within us and ultimately around us.
As the leaves change around you, I want you to take a moment to examine the areas of your life where you want to see change. I found it helpful to write mine down so I could have a physical list to look at. Even the smallest of change can have the biggest impact on your life. Have a real, raw conversation with God about your hopes and ask Him to help see your way through the path of growth into a renewed heart.
1. What do you think God has in store for you this season?
2. Do you have any traditions with each new season? My challenge for you is to take a moment to just reflect on your summer - what you did, new adventures, what you learned, how you grew as a person - and follow up with your goals for autumn with a prayerful heart.
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful to have been given a new day. Also, thank You for creating the beautiful season of autumn. I know that You have a purpose for me in this very season and You have a divine plan for me - beyond any of my biggest dreams. With this new season, I ask that You give me the confidence to pursue new adventures and the strength to overcome challenges while glorifying You in all that I do. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.
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