Yesterday

wp-image-135558335jpg.jpgThe leaves are filled with yesterday

As they face early frost

Their veins are running red to brown

Forgetting nights once soft

But as one page turns another starts

Their stories don’t end here

The last lines tell us please stay tuned

When snows close up the year

Springtime’s hope is sealed in soil

Where seeds wait for their time

Yesterday’s just what’s gone before

God’s amazing life’s design

For I Shall Again Praise Him!

Soon the last colors around here will be the blue of the sky and the gray of the bare trees. But today I had to stop the car and run out into a field to capture this bit of blue and green with just a few dabs of the creator’s paintbrush left on our mountains.

Ahead lie months of slush covered roads, gray snow clouds and chilly winds. As if to say, we will be back in full leaf and beautiful again next season, the trees wave good-bye. Maybe King David was feeling down and a little sorry for himself on the day he left us these words. But just as He was headed on that downward spiral of despair and depression he caught a vision of what praise was still to be! For I shall again praise Him!

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God  Psalm 42:11 ESV

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Autumn’s Humble Blush

p1020438The hydrangea blushes pink in this brief quiet lull between the August dog days and the January snow drifts. Autumn is this silent moment when we can glance over our shoulders and remember county fairs, family weddings,  grandkids birthdays and church suppers. How was your year? Did you run through every open door? Were you patient during times of testing ? Did you speak a kind word when it could make a difference? Have we any of us stopped to pray each time the Spirit called with a gentle tap on our spiritual shoulders?

This reflective moment is like the prayer before receiving the cup and the bread. It is an assessment of where we have been and where we need to go. This is the time to ask for our hearts to be cleansed and ready for God’s season of change. In the Autumn moment comes  the pink blush of humility to our souls. Then the ears of our hearts can stand on tiptoe to listen to the God who listens to our every honest prayer. He is longing to speak a word. Let’s give Him our own quiet ears to hear…

For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite Isaiah 57:15

Preparing for Change

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 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:3

Did you know that the leaves are being prepared for the changing season long before the first hint of autumn red or yellow appears? The tree seals the base of the stem off from the sap flow in late August. Then, week by week the strong green chlorophyll dies and as it dies we see revealed the less dominant red,yellow and pink chlorophyll below.

In our own lives God is calling for a season of change, Unlike the unvarying laws of seasonal change, we are asked for our own personal choice in the transformation. Only God can do the miracle, but only we can choose to open the door to Him. Just as the Autumn colors are preparing to reveal the beauty hidden in the leaves, so also there lies within our hearts a hidden beauty that will only be known when we surrender ourselves to Christ.