We are in one of my favourite times of year. I adore the colours of this season: the reds, oranges and yellows; and the ground carpeted with crisp, or soggy, leaves. There is nothing quite like a crisp, autumn afternoon. Blue sky, bright sun with a bite to the air. I’m a bit of an anomaly though in that I also love pouring rain making the streets glisten. I’ve lost some of the joy of a walk in the rain now that my age means I need to wear glasses, but still, the sound of rain will always bring a calmness to my heart. Nature puts on the most glorious show at this time of year, and I find myself more grateful for it each time it comes around.
One of the things I have learnt from the trees in particular at this time of year is, what a delight it is to let go. Our lives are heavily burdened with worries and concerns. As a parent, I constantly worry about my child and whether I am bringing him up to be the best person he can be. The joy of a faith is that we are told to lay our burdens down.
1 Peter 5v6,7 says:
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Now, I have been accused before that what I am saying is ‘just ignore the problem and don’t try to fix it’. This is absolutely not the case. Note verse 5 says to humble ourselves before God. This is not a tossing of rubbish before our Heavenly Father. This is a laying down of something we find too hard to carry always. It’s an acknowledgement that we have a Father who cares and is there to help. He wants to walk alongside us in our pain and anguish. Our worries can become so overwhelming as to cause us to forget whose child we are. Letting go and letting God gives us space to find who we are IN HIM.
Thank you Autumn for this lesson! Please enjoy this song which speaks of what I have touched on.