Autumn is officially here! This season is filled with my favorite colors; yellows, oranges, and reds! I was reminded this week that during Fall the trees will show us how lovely it can be to let things go. If you are like me, this pandemic has really caused a change in perspective. Things that seemed so urgent and important last October don’t seem to command my focus. I’m noticing that my home is crying out for a shift of the season. A mindset shift if you will. As I put away the last seashell decorations of Summer and surround myself with pumpkins, gourds, and other Fall motifs I am ever so subtly reminding myself to let go of the past and embrace the beautiful present. Sometimes just changing the surroundings, can lift one’s spirits.
Close your eyes. Imagine the crisp morning air, the taste of your perfect cup of coffee, cuddly blankets, and the smell of your favorite pumpkin spice candle. Are you craving change too? I love that God gave us a perfect example in nature. The leaves begin to turn from the greens of summer to the golden hues of Autumn. Then, in God’s perfect timing, they fall from the trees. After a bit of research, I found that many types of trees shed their leaves as a strategy to survive cold or dry weather. Basically, for their protection and continued growth. Interesting! So, here are some questions to ponder as you begin your transition into Fall.
As you begin to navigate this new season, how could God be encouraging you to let go?
When we shed our own “leaves”, those that are polluting our thoughts and minds, we ultimately learn to surrender to God. This deliberate act is a choice and while we often perceive it as a weakness, God sees it as strength. When we admit that we can’t do this life alone, He protects and equips us for the new season.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
What are you holding on to that God may be telling you it’s time to release?
Perhaps, you are trying desperately to control and micro-manage everything in your life. Control can be the hardest thing to “shed” because the world tells us that surrendering control makes us weak and vulnerable. However, we must remember that God is always in control. We need to recognize His mighty authority and let him lead.
"The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9 (NASB)
In conclusion, God may be encouraging you to let go so He can equip you to not only survive but to thrive in your new season of life. As a Christian Life Coach, I am here to help you move down the path that God is waiting to unveil in His perfect timing. Let’s chat on a FREE 30-minute Discovery Call. Would love to be your thinking partner and encourager as you boldly transition into your new season!