It’s no secret that I absolutely love fall. The crisp air always brings a smile to my face and my whole spirit breathes a sigh of relief. I can’t help it. I think heaven will be fall all the time. 🙂 I found a facebook note I wrote almost exactly 4 years ago during my sophomore year of college while I spent an afternoon at Holme’s Lake in Lincoln reading my Bible and journaling and it’s about fall. Maybe this is why I love fall so much. The Lord really uses death and suffering to bring about beautiful things, and really, fall is the dying of life in preparation for winter, which comes before new life (Spring!).
“From my journal after driving to Holme’s Lake to do homework.
On the drive here on one side of the street there was a line of evergreen trees, and on the other side was a line of other trees, all different colors and completely beautiful–and I was hit with the realization that if in our lives, everything was just constant and never changed, or we didn’t struggle, we would miss so much of the beauty of change and growth.
James 1:2-4 (“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”) comes to mind as I reflect on areas of my life that have changed and grown. There was almost always a period of pain or “death” that had to come first, but the end result is so amazing!
And as I asked God to show me if there was a specific passage I should read, I heard “Hebrews 2:10”. So I looked it up.
“In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.”
and continuing on vs. 11-12
“Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. He says ‘I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of your congregation I will sing your praises.'”
God made Christ perfect through suffering (death on a cross and bearing all of our sins and being separated even briefly from his Father) and we are also His sons and daughters, so He will make us perfect through suffering as well.
Then I opened a book I had started reading a long time ago, and my eyes fell upon this amazingly relevant quote. Keep in mind, I am a musician, so this may be more heart hitting to me than most..but keep on reading.
“Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the ‘rests.’ They are not to be slurred over, not to be omitted, not to destroy the melody, not to change the keynote. If we look up, God himself will beat the time for us. With the eye on him, we shall strike the next note full and clear.
If we sadly say to ourselves, ‘There is no music in a rest,’ let us not forget ‘there is the making of music in it.’ The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long he waits for us to learn the lesson!”
Enjoy the last few days of fall, and ask the Lord what he may be teaching you during a “rest” in your life at the moment. What death and/or suffering is He using to bring you closer to Him?