Suddenly everything has changed. The air has a cold bite and the wind brings leaves raining down onto the still green grass. True fall. I had read about in books and seen pictures. But rarely we had such beauty where I came from. Sure, there was a momentary glimpse of fall if you were willing to go for a drive up the pass but not like this. I have never seen a tree turn such beautiful neon colors. And even though it is signaling the cold death of winter that will set upon the trees, right now everything is still very much alive! Flowers poke through the leaves, animals scurry about, and the sound of the wind blowing through the tree tops and carrying away with it piles of leaves, soft and not yet crunchy, sounds like a million tiny waterfalls roaring. Justin said that everyone who is from here probably thinks I’m crazy for taking so many pictures. Where he grew up they had people drive in to take pictures in the fall. I can honestly say that no matter how many years pass, I will never get over the beauty of God‘a changing seasons. Such drama! Such magnificent color! Acknowledging His work in everything helps me to know Him better and become more intimate in my relationship with Him. Recognizing the sheer amazing things he has done and the detail he has put into every single thing, helps me clearly keep my eyes on Him.
Paul says this, about those who do not know the Lord: “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. (Romans 1:20, NLT).“ How can someone look at this magnificent world and not think that I was created and intentional?
In this season of moving and change for us, He has brought us to the kind of forever home we all wanted. “He led [us] by a straight way to a city where [we] could settle” (Psalm 107:7, NIV). and this was not easy. But with the change of the season, He reminds me that things are moving on and I can stop and enjoy His beauty and comfort. Though we couldn’t always see it, God was at work for our good. Throughout our moving preparations, I fretted and feared, yet He was steadfast. I guess you could say I lost hope because, after a long dry season, I was afraid to dream, but He didn’t punish my wandering heart. He didn’t give up on me. I can see this now that we are settling into the place He brought us to, because He is supplying all our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19).
it has been a headache. 14 months ago almost to the day we started on the journey that would lead us here. We knew that we were meant to leave what was then our home and follow Him. This is never easy. But we were not new at it. It wasn’t the first time He had asked us to give up things or leave everything behind and do not so what the world would do. We thought we would be missionaries. We were ready to give up all of our things and leave with nothing but a bag each to be able to serve Him. Well things very rarely turn out like we think they will and we found ourselves instead cast across the country to this place we had never been. Suddenly I knew this was my home. The home that has somehow always been in my heart. But things stl didn’t go as planned. Our home was not selling and offers fell though. There were problems with buying this home and issues with moving. And a virus that shut down not only the schools but the banks and our funding as well. Then once we were able to sort things out we got here and more messed up. We moved in on May 21st. Tomorrow is September 21st. We will not own the house still for another week. It has been such a struggle and uncertainty. But of course God is good and he has taken care of all our needs!
The Lord has blessed us with opportunities, a beautiful home, time with family, great neighbors, new and old friends, ...
... and Fall Color.