and the leaves are turning to different shades of yellow….
the summer blooms are fading away fast…..
and my favorite pumpkin spice latte has made its way back to menu once again…
These are all telltale signs that summer is coming to an abrupt end and fall is right around the corner. It is so sad to say goodbye to summer and I am not ready for the cold wet months ahead. After all it has been a whirlwind of activities these last few months and I feel like I have been driving on the express lane–
A mission trip to the other side of the world; two funerals; three births; five weddings and camps…
And the experiences of aggravation, bewilderment, challenge, desolation, exuberance…. and for every letter in the alphabet I am pretty sure I can come up with a word to describe the emotions I had felt this summer.
So what happened…
Life did .. As the psalmist said in the Book of Ecclesiastes ” there is nothing new under the sun”.
According to the natural seasons summer is a time of cultivation, growth and fruit bearing. It is a time of hard work and of play. On the other hand fall is a time of maturity, harvest and celebration. As I apply these rhythm of nature to my spiritual life, this is a time for me to reflect and gather as I face the stillness of the winter months…
I have learned that while things are constant changing and life is filled with uncertainties, God is my only constant.
I can bring and point people to the water to drink from, but it is ultimately their own choices. I cannot be responsible for them but only accountable for my own responses towards God.
It is not how well I can teach, how eloquence my speech is, or how intelligent and knowledgeable I am, the only thing that really matters is how well I live my life. Can people see Christ in me?
The world will fail me, disappoint me, but God never will.
I should not be jealous that others have their glasses half full, and moan about my glass being half empty, at the end of the day, I celebrate the fact that God has given me a glass !
And in every season of life, whether it is good or bad He is in control, for He is God and I am not.