By Carol Round
Claremore, OK (ANS ) – “Now as for you, dear brothers who are waiting for the Lord’s return, be patient, like a farmer who waits until the autumn for his precious harvest to ripen” – James 5:7 (TLB).
A friend’s recent Facebook post read, “I despise fall, but I have to admit that today is one gorgeous day!”
I always look forward to the transition from one season to another, especially from summer to autumn. Squirrels are busy gathering and hiding acorns. The smell of wood-burning fireplaces permeates the air, reminding me that winter is just around the corner.
Leaves transform, sometimes it seems overnight, from greens to deep reds, bright oranges and sassy yellows before they turn loose of the tree branches, dancing softly to cover the slowly browning grass. No painter or photographer can capture this beauty perfectly. Only God, the most glorious artist of all, can create such a masterpiece.
The word “autumn” has been replaced, in most part, with the word, “fall.” Regardless of the term we choose, this season is a time to slow down after the hectic pace of summer when we try to cram in vacations and other sun-loving activities before it comes to an end.
Author Elizabeth Lawrence once wrote, “Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”
For me, autumn is a time to pause and embrace one of the most beautiful seasons of all. As the flowers I planted last spring began to fade, I am reminded of the brevity of our own lives. I love what the writer of Ecclesiastes had to say in chapter 3, verses 1-8:
“There’s a season for everything, A time to be born; A time to die; A time to plant; A time to harvest; A time to kill;
A time to heal; A time to destroy; A time to rebuild; A time to cry; A time to laugh; A time to grieve; A time to dance; A time for scattering stones; A time for gathering stones; A time to hug; A time not to hug; A time to find;
A time to lose; A time for keeping; A time for throwing away; A time to tear; A time to repair; A time to be quiet;
A time to speak up; A time for loving; A time for hating; A time for war; A time for peace.
Just as there are seasons of planting, cultivating, reaping and waiting before the next sowing, it takes different seasons in our lives for God to mold us into the person He wants us to be. Finding the beauty in each season, we can learn to patiently wait on God.
Have you been waiting on God to make Himself real to you? Perhaps this is the time for you to stop waiting. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 6: 2 “… behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” Maybe you are discouraged by what you see happening in the world around you? Has your life gotten out of control and you don’t know which direction to turn? Please know that you’re not alone. The conditions in the world are getting worse everyday. These are the times when we should seek the only one who has the answers.
Jesus said in Mat 11:28, “Come unto me, all [ye] that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He also said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.” If you’re looking for answers there’s no better place to turn then to God, the Creator of heaven and earth. The Bible says, “confess with your mouth, that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9) If you’ve never done that, or if you need to recommit yourself to follow God, then please don’t wait any longer. Ask Him now in a prayer like this:
Father, please forgive me for my many mistakes. I know that I haven’t always been the person that I should be. I accept the sacrifice of your Son Jesus for my sins and I ask you to forgive me and help me to live the rest of my life for you. You alone have the answers and can teach me of your plan for my life here in eternity.
In Jesus name I pray,
Congratulations, if you have prayed this prayer the Bible says, “Therefore, if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2Cr 5:17)
If you’ve prayed this prayer for the first time or are renewing your commitment to the Lord, please let us know so that we can pray for you as you start your new life with Jesus.