Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Finally, It's Autumn

After six months of hard work, Mother Nature can finally let her leaves down, kick back and enjoy the fruits of her labor. She dons a colorful dress and sports a cool air, intoxicating me with the spicy scent of mums. I play tag with her while walking amidst the swirling rust and golden leaves. During fall evenings when the breeze is like velvet on my skin, I enjoy rocking on my front porch sipping hot tea and watching the deer venture from the darkness of the woods. As they quietly nibble acorns in the yard they occasionally check to make sure I'm still in my chair. We all seem to sense the same thing. It's time to relax.

It is times like these that I find myself in a reflective mood. Today I'm thinking about my past year. In the ebb and flow of life, there have been good and bad experiences. Life has delivered deadly blows, but I believe it is up to me on how I view them. Will I let hardships darken my life, or will I let them deepen me? The choice is up to me and I choose to view life from the position of gratitude.

I cannot do this on my own. Having eternal perspective helps me with this choice. You see, I'm just passing through this world. My real home is with the Lord. But, I'm not alone, He is with me, just as He promised. And there is nothing I've experienced that He hasn't. He understands my pain and walks me through it, giving me the ability to see things as they really are.

I admit, healing from life's assaults takes time. It is a process. How do we keep emotional and physical scars from disfiguing our souls? I've found that helping others who are suffering the same things I've suffered is the most healing thing I can do. Picture a leaf falling to the ground and incorporating back into the earth. In death it gives back to nature by creating a nourshing place for new life. In the same way, if we allow our trials to create compassion in us for others, if we show our scars as evidence of a wound healed, we too give and nourish hope in our fellow man.

Ahhhh, Autumn. I will enjoy you to the fullest and anticipate the coziness of the fire during winter. Thank you Lord, for giving me this time of refreshment.
Linda Apple