There’s just something about fall. The trees– they dance in the wind, their fall glory flashing and glowing. The fall trees beckon to us, and they offer us the opportunity to follow their example; to dress in the colors of fall, and adorn ourselves in brilliant red, orange, and yellow.
You see, fall is the color of letting go.
The trees know winter is coming; they have felt the first chilled blasts of wind, and they are choosing to prepare for the season ahead. They bow in submission to the will of the Creator, the tides of the seasons, and they choose to relinquish all of their hard-won growth. For they know the secret of winter; they are not afraid. They choose to die in order that they might find new life. It is for life that they choose death. They endure the winter because they cling to the promise of spring.
For the fall trees losing their leaves is not unto death; it will not end in dead wood and emptiness forever. It isn’t just for the sake of being barren, but for the purpose of new life that will come with spring. They allow the wind to strip away because they are wise; they let go and submit because they see the hand of Providence, and look beyond to the greater purpose. The tides of fall are not unto death, but for the glory of God. Behold the fall trees! I have never seen a more glorious season as when the fall trees blaze with the color of submission, the color of letting go. And those beautiful, joyful, sweetly surrendered trees have such a glory about them.
When we see the signs of winter approaching, what are we going to do? When the blasting winds of hardship come, and the leaf is turned, what will we choose? Will we submit to the season that the Almighty God is bringing? Will we rejoice in the chance to prepare for winter, and dress our hearts in the posture of fall? Will we allow God to strip away the growth of self that remains, so that He can bring the new life that He sees fit?Will you bare yourself before Him, and wait for Him to make the first move? If you never allow Him to strip away, never allow Him to prune, then the growth will be hindered, and you will never fully see what He would do. He longs for you, for the joy of you being in His presence, and He so delights in His child who allows Him to freely prune and refine! How He delights in the glory of fall, in the colors of submission and letting go!When we choose to let go, and submit to the season He has brought, when we posture our hearts in a way that allows Him to freely strip away, that is when His glory can shine the brightest. How He is glorified in that!
I know, I know, I know it is hard. I know it hurts for Him to strip away. But remember: this season is not unto death, but for the glory of God. He does not delight in sorrow or in grieving the sons of men… It is not unto the barrenness of winter, but for the abundant growth of spring! But there cannot be new leaves if the old ones remain.
He is asking. Will you let go? Will you trust Him? Will you wait for Him?
If you answer yes, rejoice! Trust expectantly! Just wait and see what He will do. The sufferings of this present time are not even worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed to us. The weight of glory is your reward.
These words are mostly just a reminder to myself. Fall is glorious! Fall means paying a price. But it is worth it. If you are finding yourself in such a season, take heart! He is with you. He delights in your willingness to wait for Him. Hope in Him, for He does not disappoint! Don’t give up hope, keep on enduring the winter. Spring will come again, you’ll see.
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. Lamentations 3:25
For if He causes grief, then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness. For He does not afflict willingly or grieve the sons of men. Lamentations 3:32-33
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6