I’m coming clean. I had a “grand plan” for this week’s post. I really did. But life . . . became a bit unwieldy these past couple of weeks and stripped my normal preparation time for the posts I share with you. I hope you’ll indulge me as I offer a few photos and autumn reflections I shared on Instagram in October. Next week, we’ll jump into November with quotes and thoughts on gratitude. I especially look forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic.
(October 15) These colorful flowers caught my eye when I was walking the other day. I love how this little bush has flowers in every stage of life . . . everything from new bud to dying and releasing seeds.
This bush is representative of healthy community. When we are in community with people, we all have something to offer the group . . . whether it’s the enthusiasm of a younger person or sage wisdom being released on the breezes of a breath. Those who are in full blossom of a happy stage of life uplift, and those weighed down by hard circumstances remind us to pray and lift them up.
God places us in community with others because He knows we function best when we are inter-dependent on others and on Him.
(October 19) I’m so glad I was able to shoot a few photos of fall brilliance before last week’s cold snap brittled all the leaves. I loved the color and the backlight of the sun on this particular morning.
It got me thinking about how we all encounter life storms. Things may be going really well, and all of a sudden something strikes our lives, and everything changes. Whether it’s a job loss, a big disappointment, a diagnosis, or something else, changes can either brittle us or soften us. We can’t choose our storms, but we can always choose our response.
When we let the storms brittle us, bitterness becomes our heart’s companion. But, when we turn to the Lord—especially when we don’t understand—we come to find peace and comfort. We can still see His beauty when our eyes are fixed on Him.
(October 22) One reason I love fall so much is the vibrant colors God displays everywhere. Though we lost some of that this autumn with our early winter snow/ and cold snap, I keep looking back on the photos I took as a reminder of how He creates beauty.
And isn’t it true in life too? Even when we walk through hard seasons, we can look back in our memories and see how and where God showed up.
*In an unexpected greeting card.
*When He changed our directions to get us where He knew we needed to be for His purposes and our benefit
*In a hug from a friend or loved one.
Each of these display God’s beauty and care for us.
(October 29) Well, it’s October 29th, and we are bundling up against the third snow storm in two weeks. This is not our common autumn! But, in the midst of the wintry weather, I still see God’s beauty.
There are glimpses of beauty in every season, right? Whether it’s a physical storm, or an internal storm, we can find beauty if we look around. We must be intentional about lifting our eyes and scanning our surroundings. God sometimes reveals Himself in the seemingly insignificant things.
(November 2) I’m enjoying a few days in the mountains on a retreat. And this morning, with the crisp air and fresh sunlight, I loved how these leaves caught the rays.
Even more, I’m always in a wee bit of wonder when I observe the trunks of trees with bare branches. They’re a reminder that, with God, we can stand strong. When storms strike, we can dig our roots down deep in our Father, and be strengthened by Him.
Even when our branches are barren . . .
. . . even when we feel empty . . .
our Father holds us strong, and He reveals flashes of color into the hard seasons.
What about you? What lessons have you learned this autumn? Where has God shown up in your life?
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