For many people, fall is their favorite time of year. They enjoy the changing temperatures that bring cool, crisp mornings. Others enjoy the fall colors of orange and yellow that dot the landscape as leaves change and pumpkins and gourds come into season. Yet others appreciate this time of year because of the bountiful harvest that awaits us after a successful growing season.
Others enjoy fall because they can begin anticipating seasonal outdoor activities that are just around the corner.
Deer hunters make plans for their annual pilgrimage into the woods. Ice fisherman begin prepping their ice houses for the lakes that will freeze in a few months. And Vikings fans renew hope that this is the year that the team will hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy over their heads at the end of a successful season.
Typically, I’m not one of these people! Fall is not my favorite time of year. To me, the changing of the leaves means that lawn cleanup is in my future. But I do enjoy a seeing pumpkins because I know that fresh pie is in my future. Aside from pie, I find very little use for pumpkins. Without kids in the house, we no longer carve them, and the use of pumpkin-spice in every other food and drink item is overrated… in my humble opinion. There are a few things that I like about fall. While I’m not much of a Vikings fan, my beloved Minnesota Wild return to the ice each fall. (But they need to pick up the pace because their showing this far has not been impressive.) And the first hard freeze of each season means that those pesky mosquitos and many other pests are no longer around to harass me every time I step outside. But I have to admit that I have had a greater appreciate for this fall season than I have had in several years. A recent ride to Duluth took me through some beautiful and picturesque landscapes offering fantastic views of brilliant colored leaves. Additionally, my wife, Donna, and I took a long ride north of Sartell last Sunday simply to see the fall colors. After a 3-hour ride on Sunday, I found myself left with a renewed appreciation for the awe associated with fall.
Many of the scenic views left me appreciating the splendor that God brings to our world. As I looked at the landscape, I realized that these scenes looked like beautiful paintings that only God’s paintbrush could create. I also thought about the lifecycle created by the change of seasons and how fall prepares plants and animals for the winter snow only to return in the spring with new life. This is a plan that only God could create and we get to witness it with every new season.
In our busy, hectic lives, we are all often too busy to appreciate the beauty of God’s creations that surround us every day. His wondrous works surround us, but we are often rushing too quickly to recognize His presence in our lives. His fingerprints are on everything that surrounds us and we simply need to slow down enough to recognize them and give thanks to Him.
I am thankful that I’ve been given a bit of time this fall to appreciate God’s work once again. My prayer for you is that you also see His handy work that surrounds us. While
fall still isn’t my favorite season, I have a renewed appreciation for it. I realize that every fall is part of His master plan leading us through winter and bringing us back to my favorite season…spring!
Have a blessed fall season! Deacon Steve
October 17, 2020
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