Sunday, October 21, 2012

Season's Change

Today was one of those beautiful fall days when I just had to go outside, stop to admire the changing leaves, breathe in the crisp air and feel the change of season. The sun was peering through the trees in the late afternoon and I had to snap a couple photos. 

Brilliant shades of yellow, orange and red are taking over what used to be green. 

One of our trees is completely and stunningly golden now. 

As gorgeous as the autumn leaves are, you know what that means... fall yard cleanup is on the way. 

A few tiny pink hydrangeas are still making an appearance. Their colors are darker and richer now. 

I took this photo downtown last weekend. I just love the look of ivy scaling an old brick building with this rustic door. If someone needs a spot for wedding/senior photos, this is a good one.

This time of year always embodies change. Change in weather. Change in landscape. Change in daylight hours.

I'm reminded Nichole Nordeman's song, "Every Season":

Every evening sky, an invitation
To trace the patterned stars
And early in July, a celebration
For freedom that is ours
And I notice You
In children’s games
In those who watch them from the shade
Every drop of sun is full of fun and wonder
You are summer 

And even when the trees have just surrendered
To the harvest time
Forfeiting their leaves in late September
And sending us inside
Still I notice You when change begins
And I am braced for colder winds
I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come
You are autumn 

And everything in time and under heaven
Finally falls asleep
Wrapped in blankets white, all creation
Shivers underneath
And still I notice you
When branches crack
And in my breath on frosted glass
Even now in death, You open doors for life to enter
You are winter 

And everything that’s new has bravely surfaced
Teaching us to breathe
What was frozen through is newly purposed
Turning all things green
So it is with You
And how You make me new
With every season’s change
And so it will be
As You are re-creating me
Summer, autumn, winter, spring

The autumn verse is especially pertinent to my life right now.

Still I notice You when change begins and I am braced for colder winds. I will offer thanks for what has been and was to come.

The song's end is a beautiful reminder and encouragement that the Lord is making me new and re-creating who He wants me to be, through every season of life.

So it is with You and how You make me new with every season's change. And so it will be as You are re-creating me.

I'm so thankful that He is. 

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