I’ve done it again – brought the fall decorations down from the rafters, lit the scented candles and spent the afternoon bringing warmth to my home to the backdrop of Mozart and Handel…and it’s still August! Actually, it’s the only season in which I can truly justify the rich, warm colors I’ve chosen for year-round decor. Colors that lend themselves well to rich coffee and the glow of a fireplace on those chilly Autumn nights.
It seems I always want to jump ahead to the next season, hurry toward the next blessing; usher it in quickly to enjoy it sooner…only to sometimes overlook the one I’m given. Much like the seasons, blessings are handed down one at a time, according to the Lord’s time frame – not ours.
In the meantime, just as summer breathes her last and autumn tosses her leaves to the wind, we’re to hold tight, stand firm and consider the blessings to be revealed in the new season, rather than the chaff of hopes perhaps now spent and dormant …much like the clutter of leaves across the path.
When we’ve made the decision, from the inside out, to follow Jesus and His perfect will for our lives, we don’t just follow Him through the “good” seasons when we walk the roads smooth and free of pot holes. His Word says he will never leave us nor forsake us (Joshua 1:5), so how could I, in selfish defiance, turn my heart away from all He is and all He’s done simply because I think He’s not handing out the blessings fast enough?
It’s a maturity of faith and a deep trust in the Lord’s plan that keep our knees and our will happily bent to His.
Help me to continue to grow my faith and to trust in You always. Help me to keep a pure heart and sincere desire to follow Your ways throughout every season of life. It’s in your name I pray. Amen.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust."
(Psalm 91:1-2) NIV