The breaking through of brilliant red, orange and yellow leaves continued to burst in our backyard this week. Fall brings so much change to a green pasture that we had become accustom to. Our family had been looking out at lush green trees and grass every morning since we arrived at our new house last March. So this sudden burst of color was a change. It was a good change.
My faith life looks a lot like the seasons. I have had this lush green – this thriving faith – for the last few months, but it needed a little change. After all if I stay the same, my faith would become stagnant and boring. Sometimes, just a little change in my life can give me that burst of color (that jump start in my faith) that I so desperately need.
Lately, my faith has been thriving, but I could feel a slip in my prayer time with God. I could feel my prayer life starting to deteriorate. I was allowing all of my “busyness” in life to take over my time with God. It happens. I know when it does because my life gets a little dreary. I feel like I am in a slump. My lush green pasture was starting to turn brown from the drought of the summer. I needed God to change something, to give me a jump start, so that I could once again find my faith. I needed a little rain, a little chill to change up the scenery of my life from the drought of summer to the beginning of Fall.
Psalm 119:35-37 Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word
So as I looked out today and saw these energetic changes in the landscape outside, I realized that God was changing me. Each day he molds me into His worker. He reminds me of what needs to be done and what needs to be put to the side. He commands me on where I need to be and when I need to be there. He shows me the beauty of change. He reveals to me how that change will allow Him to do His work.
When I allow the landscape of my heart to direct my faith, change will inevitably happen. I will turn my heart toward Him and focus on Him – not my selfish desires.
Isaiah 58:11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
Praise God for the change in life. Praise God for the Fall. Praise God that the beauty of change can be revealed in each of us, if we just allow Him to take over.