Fall is a season of change. Every year, the tree in our front yard turns fiery orange. It’s the most brilliant display on the street but, unfortunately, it lasts only a day or two. We marvel at it one day only to look out our window the next day and find it bare. So quickly it sheds its colored leaves. I find this change too abrupt. I want to look at it longer and enjoy it for awhile.

I’ve been reflecting on the changes I’ve personally experienced in my own life in the past five years. It’s quite overwhelming to realize how much the ground has shifted under my feet. This is hard to digest at times but as I stand back and look at the big picture of change, I realize I’m still okay. I’m still blessed. And I’m still changing!

Of course, as believers, we are ever being shaped into the likeness of the Son as the Father prunes us in ways He sees fit for our story and for His glory. This is positive change. Most people think of change as negative but I’m realizing that even when change feels difficult, it can be viewed as positive because the Lord has allowed it. I can accept any change from the hand of the unchanging One because He is faithful and works things out according to His good and gracious will. And, usually, I find that once change has taken place, things are exactly as they should be. How wonderful is this King of ours, ordaining the steps of His people through seasons of change and growth.

I wonder what I will know next fall.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

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