Well it has happened. Whether we were ready for it or not, Fall has come. Does it seem like the year has been shooting by to anyone else. I have heard some who have expressed their excitement over Fall finally getting here. Then there is the near amazement that Fall actually came with Fall like weather. You don’t get that around here all the time. The temperatures were in the range one generally thinks of as Fall temperatures.
Fall is clearly a time of transition. It is easy to see. Daylight hours grow shorter. The trees loose their leaves. The grass stops growing and turns brown. The temperature grows cooler and we know winter is coming.
I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” It occurs to me that there is more here than may be noticed at first look. We know there is a time for every season, but it occurs to me that each time is a period of transition in preparation for the coming of something new.
Fall does not simply come for no reason at all. It comes to prepare the trees and other plants for winter. It comes to give the birds time to migrate to a warmer local. It comes to give the insects and animals time to store up for the time of scarcity. It is a time of transition in preparation for the coming of winter. Winter is a time of rest and rejuvenation for the ground and the plants and the animals and for us humans too. It is a time to slow the pace down to be strong enough for the time of rebirth. The land needs a time to rest as we do. Spring too is a time of transition in preparation for a time of new life and new growth. It sets the stage to transition to the time of growing, summer. It in turn must come to and end to transition to a fresh time.
It is clearer to see that in nature than to see it in our own lives. It is hard for us to understand that when we see changes occurring in our lives and around us that it is only a time of transition. It is a time of preparation for something new to come forth. The times when we must slow down are so we can be renewed and rejuvenated for the time of new growth. Life would not only be boring but absent of growth if there were no times of transition.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, states that for everything there is a season. There is a transition period. We were not created to become static. May we look to the transitional times in our lives with joy and anticipation of what God is preparing for us.