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Usher in the changing seasons with beauty and grace

I spent last Saturday afternoon picking up what the winds of Hurricane Delta tossed around in my backyard. Humbled and grateful to have been spared another hurricane, I walked around and gathered branches with green leaves still firmly attached.

It won’t be long before the leaves still on the trees will change into beautiful vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow, making it difficult to believe they are in the process of dying. They will provide one last glorious show before dropping to the ground. Only God could herald in a new season like that.

People have different seasons, too. During the course of our lives, we may experience modifications in jobs, relationships, finances, and even in ourselves. I haven’t always welcomed those alterations, nor have I consistently showed grace during the process. I want to be different. As God brings new changes into my life, I don’t want to fight against them, but usher them in with the beauty and grace that He displays in the changing of the seasons.

When I think about the magnificent exhibition of nature that God uses to mark the death of the leaves, I wonder about what He can do with us, His children, who are filled with His life, gifts and love. As we yield to His direction and adapt to the winds of change, I believe that He will make something beautiful out of our lives. It’s never too late to serve God or ask for our gifts to be stirred and used for His glory.

May our lives be lived to the fullest, grow more beautiful through the changes, and end gloriously.

 

Ronny may be reached at rmichel@rtconline.com