The Irony of Seasons
“And provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)
Fall is here. While many people physically see the signs of this wonderful season, some like myself, have to rely on other evidences to determine what our world is about. This was the case recently as I ventured outside to behold the wonder and splendour that autumn brings. There I was, taking in the moment while walking down the path which leads to our huge Maple tree. And then, coming upon a thick carpet of crisp leaves on the ground, I almost stumbled.
Just a few days ago, those same leaves dressed our grand tree in captivating colors of yellow, red and orange. Not long before the leaves changed colour, I could feel the warm breezes off the ocean. But now, in record time, this same outdoor space has prepared itself for a new season. The tree looks cold and bare. Its leaves curled together in piles on the ground. A new weather pattern of flurries and high winds is clearly on the horizon.
As I thought about this moment, I realized that even this has a purpose. If only for a season, the trees need time to rest. And while at rest, the trees will form buds that will yet again, in the right time, display beautiful green plant life on that Maple tree. Once again, the tree will be lovingly dressed by our Lord God and Saviour.
My question is this. Dear reader — In your life, do you sometimes feel the excitement of a brand new day, only to see the beauty of the moment ending before your eyes? Like the leaves on the tree that have fallen to the ground? I understand what you are feeling.
But there is hope. Even in the darkest of days, my joy comes from resting in Jesus. He never fails. Let Him restore you by bringing those wonderful shades of color back into your life. He desires to give you a crown of beauty instead of ashes. He yearns to fill your heart with the oil of joy instead of mourning. Like the trees, He wants to dress you in a garment of praise rather than despair. In fact, even before the foundation of the world was laid, He had a plan for your life. We just need to let Him guide us and direct us in the days ahead.