A Lesson from Autumn

Autumn is a special season in New England. While some see it as a sign of the dreaded winter that’s coming, I see it as a time to enjoy family, friends and holidays. It is full of vibrant colors, smells, and the crispness of cooler temperatures. The leaves display vivid tones of brilliant yellow, orange, red and brown as they cascade through the air to the ground. The leaves that are falling may be dead, but even in that state, God has made them beautiful. 

But what of those leaves that hold on through the fall? We have all seen the trees that hold a portion of their leaves even through winter. A cluster or two that hang there, stubbornly clinging to the branches. They take a beating from the rain, wind, ice and snow. It’s as though they refuse to fall. But suddenly…Spring…

Spring comes and the old stubborn leaves have no choice but to fall. Why? Because the new growth of the tree, spurred on by Spring, comes through and pushes off the dead leaves. It reminds me of life in Christ. 

We enter into our new life with Christ and seek to walk in His ways. God makes us new. Many of the old things we dealt with vanish from our lives and we enjoy that new freedom in Him. But sometimes, it seems there are things that stubbornly hang on to us (or do we hang on to them?). We can spend so much time condemning ourselves or others for the struggle that we forget a very important principle in our walk with God. We should concentrate on following and walking with Him, read the Word, pray, fellowship (be one with) other like-minded believers. As we put into practice Philippians 4:4-9 the new growth, the new life, pushes off the dead things that have been stubbornly hanging on to us, and we no longer have a desire to cling on to them. 

Let’s learn a lesson from Autumn… let the dead things fall and be replaced by new growth in Christ Jesus.

Love ya,

Pastor Jim 

Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.