When it comes to the seasons, life in this part of the north country invokes all the senses. The seasons change so dramatically that there’s no guessing what time of year it is. It is such a contrast to other parts of the world, where the distinctions between seasons is somewhat questionable. Here, winter means snow, and the changing of the leaves mean winter is on its way. To me, it also means its time to wrap up part of my life and getting ready to fly south with the birds to where the climate is warmer. Not to say I don’t like winter, I just don’t like cold. I don’t mind visiting the snow, but as my husband puts it, its awful stuff to shovel. Great for kids and dogs to play around in, but when the bones get old and tired, well, it just isn’t fun anymore. So I’m looking forward to packing my suitcase for the trek south; but right now I’m still enjoying the autumn leaves.
I’m fortunate to live in an area where autumn is EXTREMELY colorful. I live in this enviable position in the middle of the forest on the edge of a very quiet, small lake. I may only be five minutes from town, but you would never know it when you sit in my back yard, or my front yard, or anywhere on my property. Here, the maples aren’t just red, they are every shade of red, simply because there are so many varieties of maple. The birch and poplar boast various shades of yellow, the oaks turn brown. Brown on its own may be pretty boring, except when its encapsulated by the oranges, reds, and yellows of the other trees. And the leaves aren’t just spiny, little leaves like they are further north, or in the Midwest: these are giant, the size of your hand, palm sized leaves. The backdrop of this palette of color is further enhanced by every variety of green from the spruce, pines, and cedar. And my piece of paradise gets reflected off the pretty blue lake that’s calm most of the time. A little walk to the dock, and you can see the entire display of color repeating itself on the mirrored lake. When it comes to Autumn, this forest beats anything I’ve ever seen in my life.
Regrettably, I’m trying to sell my piece of paradise. A house in the country takes a lot of work, and that’s something we’re just not up to it anymore. So Lord willing, we’ll be heading to suburbia before too long. We have toyed with the idea of selling for some time now, but we just couldn’t imagine finding anything that was going to give us the visual stimulation that we have found here. But its time. Please say a prayer for us that the right buyer will come along that will appreciate this piece of God’s creation as much as we have.
The Bible talks about the changing of the seasons. Ecclesiastes 3 talks about a time to plant and a time to harvest, a time for every purpose under heaven, etc. God also created the Jewish calendar to include celebrations around the timing of various seasons. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot are celebrated at the end of summer. In the North American secular calendar, we celebrate Thanksgiving as a time of reflection of God’s bounty (Canada celebrates in October, USA celebrates in November). The brilliance of the autumn leaves are a reminder not only of the wonder of God’s creation, but also of the bounty he has in store for us. Although we should be continually thankful to our heavenly father for all he has provided for us, this time of year is just another reminder to give a little extra thank you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV) Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you;
1 Chronicles 16:8-10 (ESV) Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!
Today’s prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the changing of the seasons, and all the beauty that you have provided for us to enjoy. Thank you for the reminder that our life is also just a season, and one day our season will pass. Give us life and breath to enjoy each bountiful day that you provide us and keep us truly grateful.