Pull on your boots, grab your hat, and follow me outside. The details of the Fall season will amaze you if you take the time to notice. Here are just a handful of analogies we can make from this lovely quarter of the year.
A lesson from the colors
Every year for VBS at my church I wear a bracelet with five beads: yellow, black, red, white, and green. They are meant to share the salvation story – we can’t go to heaven because of our sin, but Jesus took our punishment and His blood can wash away our trespasses and make us clean if we trust in Him, and then He can help us grow. But they are also the colors that we see in the Autumn, and so I like to think of these months as a perfect reminder of my salvation.
“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord:…” Ephesians 5:8
A lesson from the animals
Squirrels with their acorns 🌰🌰🌰, birds 🐦 🐦 🐦 flying south, and ants 🐜 🐜 🐜 storing up food for winter. All the animals seem so busy!
We have things to be busy with too. Sometimes it’s easy to throw myself on the couch in front of the TV or browse the internet in my spare time, but I have to catch myself. I have to tell myself to limit my time doing these things and try doing more profitable things with my free moments.
In fact, when I start taking note of the good deeds I could be doing in those minutes, the list really never ends! Emailing or writing a letter to encourage a friend, helping with the laundry, praying for someone God has laid on my heart, memorizing a bible passage, or spending time with siblings, leaves me much happier than if I had simply amused myself.
So I tell myself, GET BUSY!!! Because life is not forever, and it’s not about what we get out of it, but instead, it is what we give.
“He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39
A lesson from seeds
Now is when the last of the seeds are dropping, falling to the ground, hopefully to take root in good soil. But do they grow right away? Not in most cases. It takes time and the right conditions.
Sometimes we think that all the seeds we plant just die. All the prayers we say, and the ways we reach out to people.
What happens in the spring? Dozens of little shoots spring up from those seeds that we long ago supposed were useless or had blown away!
So be encouraged because your work isn’t for nothing if you do it for God.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9
So let’s let the colors of fall remind us of our identity in Christ, and that we should be busy doing His will and planting good seeds!