According to Dave Dahl, Chief Meteorologist for KSTP (Channel 5), this week Central Minnesota is in the peak of its fall colors. The leaves on the trees that have been green since last spring are now turning to a pallet of red, yellow and orange. As we look along the wooded landscape around us, the trees almost seem to be ablaze in fiery colors. Seeing these vibrant colors is like witnessing poetry for our eyes.
Over the past few weeks, I have had opportunities to drive between Sartell and Duluth to visit my son at UMD. A few weeks ago, our colors were only beginning to change here while colors towards Duluth were already reaching their peak. As I made my way from here to there, I was treated to outstanding landscapes of visual delights. Each mile provided subtle changes along the journey until I reached my destination and could reflect on the beauty that I had witnessed through my windshield. The change in scenery from my origin to my destination was dramatic!
Fall is the time of year that I think God pauses to take out His paintbrush. He paints these lavish landscapes for us to enjoy–but only for a brief period of time. Then the trees that were once full of leaves are quickly transformed to bare branches. What was once lush is now barren. But we are left with the hope that new life will return in the spring.
As I think about the various
. We go from spring to summer to winter to fall and the cycle of life follows those seasons. Similarly, our faith as Christians follows Jesus’ birth (Christmas) to life (His ministry on earth) to His death (crucifixion) to His Resurrection. Jesus had to die before He could be
resurrected, just like the trees have to lose all of their leaves in order for new life to spring forth after the cold winter.
For some of us, fall is our favorite season. The bountiful harvest and the changing of leaves is a celebration of a summer filled with life. For others, fall makes us sad. The long days of summer are being replaced with the long, cold, dark nights of winter. Through all of these changes, God remains constant. He is never changing and we can always rely on Him for His constant care and love for us. Whether you embrace fall or dislike fall, hold on to the knowledge that life will be renewed in the spring. Just as Jesus was resurrected for our salvation, so too shall the bare limbs of the trees be renewed in life next spring.
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC