The first day of autumn is Sunday. Here in Iowa that means a lot; days are shorter, days are cooler and winter’s right around the corner. Mother Nature treats us to one last hurrah before the stark landscape of winter arrives. It’s a beautiful display of color as the leaves change color. Some of the trees in my neighborhood have started to change. The tree in front of our house will eventually be bright yellow. The neighbor’s tree to the east will glow red in the morning sun.
The colors we see in the fall were actually there all year long. During the long summer days and short summer nights, the leaves are busy making the sugar the plants need to live. The green pigment, chlorophyll, helps combine the carbon dioxide from the air with water to make sugar. Those of us who breathe oxygen benefit from this process since oxygen is essentially the plant’s waste product.
While the plants are busy doing photosynthesis, the leaves have lots of green pigment. As the days shorten and cool, that process slows down; the plant starts to rely on the stores of sugar it manufactured during the summer. As the leaves need less chlorophyll, something amazing happens. The leaves start to turn red, orange and yellow. Those pigments were there all summer long but there was just so much green, the other pigments were out-pigmented by the green.
Ever felt alone? Ever felt like God was far, far away busy taking care of someone or something else? Ever felt like, maybe, just maybe, God loves someone else just a little bit more than He loves you? Sure, we all have. If you live in a place where the leaves turn color, let it be a reminder that God is ALWAYS here, all the time, even when you don’t see Him. He’s here when your problems seem too huge to overcome. He’s here when you feel small and events seem to obscure His presence.
Hebrews 13:5-6 quotes two different passages from the Old Testament reminding you that you are not alone. What a wonderful reminder. What a loving God! He must have known! God knew that many reminders of his love and presence would be necessary. He knew that in the struggle of life, the tendency would be to forget how close He is
Don’t let your emotions betray you! Feeling alone is not the same as being alone. The reminder not to trust in your income was no fluke. How easy it is to feel like everything is fine when the bank account is fat. How easy it is to panic and feel alone when the account is skimpy.
If you aren’t careful, emotions will draw you away from God. When you’re worn out, when you’re about to give up being good because it seems to hard, when you’re outnumbered, when the bad seems to be pounding the life out of the good; God’s reminder is “Do not fear!” He’s always close by to be your helper.
Fall is the death- throes before the dormant months of winter. It’s no mistake this glorious display comes right before the bleak dark days of winter. It serves as a vivid reminder of God’s provision.
As you watch the turning leaves, let them serve as a reminder; He’s always here. When you’re feeling like you’re about “to die” let the trees encourage you. Cry out to Him; He’s near.