I love fall! It is the middle season between summer and winter. It’s still warm enough to sleep with the window open at night and wear flip flops during the day. The crispness in the fall air is a foretelling of the colder short months ahead. It is a reminder to savor the last days of warm weather and prepare for the harvest of summer labors. Hmmm fall, the smells of apple crisp and pumpkin bread, apple pie and pumpkin doughnuts, cinnamon and nutmeg. I love to savor the first sip of fresh apple cider as the crisp tart sweetness tingles the tip of my tongue. My eyes delight in the color of changing leaves, crimson red, gold, orange and green. Something stirs inside of me, makes me want to dig out my chunky cardigan and go for a long walk. My ears delight in the sound of leaves crunching and crackling underfoot. I breathe in deeply the fragrance of dried foliage, and burning leaves with a hint of the last summer lawn cutting. As I walk my eyes drink in the beauty brought on by the change of seasons. I find my mind reflecting over the change, the reward of working hard and savoring the blessings of summer.
Solomon wrote of change in the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.” (NIV)
The Living Bible words Solomon’s prose slightly differently; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “There is a right time for everything: A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant; a time to harvest;”
Last Christmas, one of my favorite presents was a fire bowl. As winter passed, I eagerly looked forward to spring, and the chance to sit outside by the fire. As spring transitioned into summer, I still did not use the fire bowl. Life was so busy, and there just did not seem to be time for relaxing by the fire. Now that fall is just around the corner, I have hope that one of these chilly fall evenings, my husband and I will sit by the fire. I picture us chatting, eating a homemade pumpkin pastry, sipping apple cider, and savoring the smell of fall. This is a new season in our life as a family. Over the last few years, our children have been graduating from high school, and going off into the world. Our youngest child will soon be leaving the nest. My husband will be retiring, as I start a career that was on hold while the children were growing up.
My husband and I like to reflect over the events in our family, the changes in our children, how each is growing and becoming the men and woman God created them to be. Fall is a time to rejoice in the harvest of hard work, the blessing of bounty from God. It is a time to slow down and savor the beauty of change. Change seems sudden, and at times painful, sometimes it is. From change comes growth and renewal. I hope that this fall, you take the time to savor the season of change in your life, change that God has brought about. God has timed each event perfectly just for you!
Catherine L. Thorington, B.S.