It’s that time of the year again. No shocker really. Happens every year. The sky is darkening earlier, 4:30 to be precise. It’s fall and fall is falling, quickly, with each leaf that changes color it slowly loses grip on that which it was so attached to for so long. It’s not enough that it changes color, but eventually it falls to the ground and dies. But for a brief time something that was so bright and green has changed into a kaleidoscope of color. It’s beauty more breathtaking than before, but it’s beauty quickly fades. The cold dark clouds that are rolling in will soon impose it’s will and what was, changes into what will be.
It’s fall.. The leaves are yellowish-green with some turning red. (The red is my favorite.)
Today it’s been cold and rainy. Fall has fallen, and with it .. the temp. It’s colder. We are dressing warmer. Long-sleeves instead of short. We have put away our shorts. Once we needed no sheets and now we have blankets. It’s colder. Memories of the heat of summer will start fading fast.
The floor we walk on is tile, our apartment concrete, and each day they get colder letting us know winter is knocking at the front door. More change is coming..
With each day brings a different color. As each leaf and plant gives way to the cold, we are reminded of what is to come, as well as what was.. Memories serve as a reminder and a teacher if we but listen…
It’s fall, and I am changing. The seasons of my heart, friends, and family are changing.. Some are distant now. Some like the leaves on the trees are wilting. Some are changing color and looking beautiful, but I know they too may fall off.. It’s cold. The cold brings with it a loneliness. As things go dormant, there is less to see. Things become bare. What was beautiful and flourishing is now bare and naked. I hope these vines, these plants, our friends and family, flourish back in Spring, but for now winter must come. It’s Fall..
There is a beauty in winter we must recognize, it is the Evergreen, the Fur, those plants whose foliage adds such a stark contrast to that which is dead, or dormant. They provide hope. They offer shelter to the animals around, to the birds a safe place in the harsh weather. These…. These Evergreens.. They are the same in season and out of season. In winter as in summer. Their leaves don’t change. These friends, these family members, they are constant. They add a stark contrast to those who only blossom for a short time. Though the blossom is beautiful and it adds color during their season, they are there for a moment. And these moments help make up our lives. These moments are just that.. Moments. To enjoy, reflect, and listen to the beauty of each soul around us. They will teach us if we will listen.
They have their place in our lives.. They offer color, fruit, flowers, smell, beauty.. but all that passes by with the changing of the seasons. Some will return. Some will have to be replanted. We will miss them all during the winter. But hopefully will carry the memories forever..
It’s fall, life is changing.. I am changing. I pray for the better. Things I reflect upon, Am I an Evergreen? Am I there long-term? Will I survive the seasons of change? Will I offer the shelter during the winter for those souls who are struggling? Will I quickly bloom and fade??
I hope the fragrance will be smelled. I hope people will see the new growth and welcome the fruit. I pray as new faces, family and friends, new plants and trees come they will plant their roots with mine and they will find shade during the summer, and shelter during the storms of life.
I miss every plant, person. I miss the color they bring into my life.. I miss the spring when everything was alive and fresh.. It’s fall. The leaves are changing. My life is changing, and so is yours..
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”