“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven”—Ecclesiastes 3:1(NLT).
It’s that time of the year when God shows off. Leaves are changing from green to glorious reds, yellows and orange in northeastern Oklahoma. It’s also my favorite season, even if it means raking the dried brown leaves, litter from the oak trees that also grace my yard.
Some prefer the warmer temps of spring and summer. While most of autumn’s weather is milder, to me it is a time for reflection. As the trees shed their leaves, I like to think this is a season for my own shedding—shedding past hurts and letting go of those things holding me back from God’s best.
As Ecclesiastes 3:6 says, “A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away.” For me, that is what this season is all about.
A Time for Reflection
I recently visited my friend, Josie, who is living in an assisted living facility. If I am feeling down, this 90-year-old woman can cheer me up by just spending time in her presence. In spite of the pain and discomfort she experiences because of her aging body, Josie never fails to bring joy to those around her.
During our recent visit, we talked about her only child, a daughter, who was celebrating her 50th birthday on October 17. Laughing, Josie said, “It’s easy to keep track of Monica’s age because we’re 40 years apart.”
Josie loves to reflect on the day she brought Monica home from the hospital. Although I’ve heard the story before, I love watching the sparkle in her eyes as she describes that time in her life.
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SOURCE: Assist News, Carol Round