It’s September, friends.
Can you believe it?
Fall is soon approaching.
I love fall. But fall has one problem. After fall, comes winter.
And winter is something I dread.
I hate to admit it, but it’s true. I have been mourning the loss of the green grass and the sunshine and leaf-filled trees for a little while now, and dreading the cold and the gray. I know I have no right to complain about winters in Alabama. Even if I lived in Alaska, complaining wouldn’t do any good, but still I have this dread.
As silly as it may seem, underneath my dread for winter I see a disposition that too often troubles me. I have a tendency to worry about losing what I love when I should be enjoying it with all my heart. This preoccupation with future ‘”dread” is a sneaky critter. He wriggles his way into joyful moments and worries me with some future misery that he convinces me is sure to happen. What goes up, must come down, right? When I’m so thrilled with life, surely there’s something sad about to happen to zap my enthusiasm.
It’s nonsense really–worrying about the future–because it doesn’t do any good. But it’s also incredibly human, and something we all have to struggle with, regardless of the facts:
Dreading the cold doesn’t make the winter any warmer. It only steals the sunshine today.
Worrying about the future doesn’t prepare me to face it. It only steals my joy today.
I want to enjoy the last days of summer for as long as they last. And when fall comes along, I want to savor its beauty. I want to take walks through the woods and discover colorful and unique leaves. I want to enjoy the cool breeze that allows me to wear a jacket again. And I want to make memories with my family and friends as we celebrate the fall feasts together (Yom Teruah is right around the corner!).
I want to enjoy the seasons as they come to me, because that is the way that the Creator made this earth to be. It’s the way He made our lives to be also. Life changes. There’s the good times, the rough times, and the in-between times. But all along Yahweh is faithful. He is good. He never changes. And He wants to bring us peace.
I don’t want winter to cloud my sunshine.
I don’t want worry to steal my joy.
Today I want to cherish the beauty of the season and be thankful for my many blessings.
So here’s a few things that I’m thankful for:.
Living Waters, by Brother Yun–This book is incredible! I just might do a book review when I finish reading it.
Living Language Hebrew–because it’s an amazing program for the price tag, and it actually works for me.
27 days (and counting!) till Israel!
This morning–Walking in the damp grass. Seeing how the droplets of dew glitter silver and gold in the sunshine. I’d write a poem about it, if I had the words to describe it.
tobyMac music–because its good and fun and makes me happy. Especially this song: