Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Fall is Here, By Sarah K.

Fall is Here

By Sarah K.

Fall is here again. Every year it seems to come faster and faster, and when I'm least expecting it. As I live in Arizona, fall basically means 70 to 80 degree weather, and more blowing dust. We don't get snow, there just aren't that many trees that have leaves that fall off, and T-shirts and shorts hang around until December. However, Autumn does bring to mind a verse most of us are probably familiar with:

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal...a time to mourn and a time to laugh...a time to search a time to give up....a time to be silent and a time to speak...I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11. Like seasons of the year, seasons of our lives come and go quickly - we blink, and they're gone. Often, I am so busy looking forward to tomorrow and the next season that I miss the beauty that God has made "in its time." Sometimes too, I am so caught up in living the moment, that I fail to live in perspective of eternity. It's a fine, and difficult line to walk. Every day, no matter what season we are in, no matter what time of life or trials we are going through, we must remember to savor the beauty God has given us now...and the beauty saved for us later. Every good thing comes from God, whether it's drinking hot cocoa by a fire, or celebrating the first day it's under 100 degrees. However, "God has set eternity in the hearts of men" and we can't ignore that. We need to live with mindset that while this life has its joys, our home is ultimately in heaven, and in all that we do, we must remember that. So, as the weather gets nicer, and Thanksgiving and Christmas draw closer, I pray that all of us will keep our hearts set on the future, and rejoicing in today.


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