To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
Are you ready for fall?
I was asked that question last week.
Fall? I’m still in July. Where did the summer go?
It’s not that I don’t like fall. I love fall with its delicious aromas, warm blankets, and firelight. But this year, we had a lot of rain, and most days I waited, stuck inside.
Isn’t that the way things go at times?
Stuck in a season.
Stuck on an idea.
Stuck with a feeling.
Stuck waiting for a miracle.
Here’s the thing. When I’m stuck, I’m no longer moving forward.
So I decided to get unstuck. Not in the disarray-discomposure-or-incoherence sort of way, but in the able-to-move-freely, happy-to-be-here, looking-forward-to-it kinda way. 🙂
Fall is a physical and spiritual reminder to let things go that I cannot change.
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Job 14:7 KJV
Even the dead leaves of autumn and the bald trees of winter testify of hope. There is always hope no matter the season. His name is Jesus.
Maybe I won’t get the answers I long for in every season. But I can’t allow it to steal my joy or my hope. Nor will I lounge about in the current season pondering over things I cannot change. I must move on.
Blessings await me in this coming season. If only I can recognize them when they appear.
The Lord is always with me wherever my foot may trod. He will not leave me nor forsake me. I have hope. I am not alone.
Neither are you, my friend. No matter the season you’re facing. You’re not alone. The Lord our God is with us leading the way.
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Psalm 16:11 KJV
During this season, I plan to fall deeper in love with the Lord and let the dead things go. How about you?
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33 thoughts on “Dead Leaves and Bald Trees”
Pray all is well Gail. Ordered a copy of your book (Treasures of Hope) a while and familiar with your story. Felt led to share this message with you. The preacher is anointed and Spirit filled. The message is quite compelling. If you would have time it’s worth listening to.
May God Bless!
Thanks, David! God bless you too.
Beautiful! I love the metaphor of fall and letting go, like the trees do in surrendering their leaves. Indeed, each season has its blessings. Thanks so much for the uplifting reminder! Have a wonderful day!
Thanks! And thank you for visiting! Blessings.
I pray that my eyes will be opened to see all the blessings where I am and on the road up ahead, not stuck looking back. I loved your line “even the dead trees of autumn and bald trees of winter testify of hope”. I appreciate your hope-filled encouragement!
Your post reminded me of a quote I once read (sorry I don’t remember the author)…The most Spirit-led person is one who can thank God for blessings that once were but will never be again and thank God for the blessings that will one day be but are not yet.
I love that quote, Melissa! And your prayer. I’ve written that quote down to remember its truth in days to come. Thank you for sharing!
I love this, Gail! It’s the same lesson I was learning during our relocation. And now I’m back visiting and feeling all those same emotions again. So it’s very timely. Thank you!
Thanks, Melinda. I owe you thanks for your excellent and timely posts about being remade and writing the hard stuff. 🙂 Between you, Julie Dibble, Jeanne Takenaka, and Angie Arndt, I’ve been receiving timely answers to prayers. I’m rethinking what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. We’re told to go-go-go. Yet, God whispers, “Be still.” I want to know Him as I’ve never known Him before. Thank you for reading and commenting. And thank you for writing the hard stuff. ❤
Thank you for your kind words and affirmation. It’s encouraging to know that when I share the hard stuff it meets needs and encourages others. Listening to Jesus, rather than the messages of the world, is always like salmon swimming upstream. Our culture tries to wash us back out into the ocean of mediocrity, but Jesus wants all of us and calls us further up and further in. He’s the only One who truly satisfies!
(Yes, I did just mix salmon and CSLewis in an analogy. LOL)
LOL! I agree, Melinda. Thanks for your encouragement.
I can relate to the “stuck” feeling, though this last week it’s felt less like I’m getting less “unstuck” than maybe a bit “unglued” lol 🙂 Thanks for sharing the lovely quotes and Scriptures! They were a much-needed reminder to rejoice in the change of season, rather than looking back to everything I DIDN’T do in the last season.
Anne, you made me smile with your unglued statement. I’ve felt like I was coming unglued this past year with all the unfinished projects staring at me. But His presence and His Scriptures always help. Thanks for your visit. 🙂
Gail, I needed this post today. God knew. 🙂 I enjoy the change from summer to fall. I was commenting to my boys the other day how thankful I am that fall doesn’t just appear one day with all yellow and red and orange leaves. It’s a gradual transition from summer. A slow change. I am thankful for the beauty God shares with us in the changing of the leaves. And the invitation to slow and lean into Him more. 🙂 I look forward to spending more time with Jesus when things begin to slow down a bit in my life. 🙂
Jeanne, I love … “And the invitation to slow and lean into Him more.” I’m with you. Slowing and leaning. Thank you for reading and commenting. Your words blessed me. ☺
Fall has always been my favorite time of year! Great post!
Thanks for visiting and commenting!
I thoroughly enjoyed it! God bless you!
God bless you too!
I love, love, love this post! I so needed this today. 🧡
I’m so glad it helped, Nicole. Praying for you! Blessings, sweet friend. 💕
Aw! Thank you very much. 😊🧡
Loved this beautiful post.
Thanks, Carole. Looking forward to talking with you next week!
What a beautiful message! Love the gorgeous photos!
Thanks for reading and commenting, Mimi. The folks on Unsplash know how to take a picture. ☺
Wonderful and inspiring way to look at things and changes in life. As always, you’re a blessing!
Thanks, A. You are a blessing to me, sweet friend!
You have wonderful quotes. I especially like the one by Camus.
Thanks, JPC. That quote was my daughter’s favorite too.
Love the pictures and love your encouraging words!
Hi, Becky! Thanks for you encouragement. You are a blessing.
Beautiful post. I’ve been doing too much waiting, also. Time to move. Winter’s coming!
Thanks, Betty. Yes, winter is coming. Night is also coming. We need to work while it is day. No time for waiting. 💕
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