Last week I wrote a blog entry about the "Dog Days" of August in Florida. August is truly hot and humid in Florida and we also always keep a wary eye on the Atlantic for the development of hurricanes, by far the biggest worry we have about weather.
I chose the picture shown because it represents the next wonderful season of the year, Autumn. Some people find it saddens them because they see it as the beginning of the death cycle for annuals and the leaves, after a beautiful burst of colors, become drab and empty in Winter. But then, while there is truth in that, it also is necessary in preparation for, when Winter is done, the rebirth of life in the Spring, I think it's just one of many ways God tells us that we must be reborn in Him to have everlasting life.
This morning early as I walked into my barn, I sensed that even though it was awfully hot the end of Summer is nearing and with it will come a major change in weather. The insects chirp a little differently, the grass is beginning to heavily seed in preparation for the change, and the sun starts coming up a bit later. And it made me think of something ever present, but something that we so often forget: What a wonderful God we have who created the seasons to mark different times of the year and with them a refreshing change of pace and scenery for all of us.
The seasons do sum up our life on earth. Spring identifies with birth and growth, Summer takes us through a period of highest energy and performance (just like the plants as they mature and are readying for harvest), Autumn parallels moving into the senior period as we prepare for the end of life, and Winter approximates death, when everything is barren and the color is gone.
Yet each of these, if taken in the context of the gift given to us by Jesus from God, serves a major purpose in development, growth and preparation for rebirth in the next phase that we humans have the opportunity to achieve: eternal life through Jesus Christ. If we accept his offer we will be free of all of the constraints of the human body and there will no longer be pain or suffering. All we have to do is take Him as our Lord and Savior and love and follow Him.
How great it is that God gives us the seasons as just one more way to help up prepare ourselves for salvation. If you aren't ready, take a look a the seasons and the message is abundantly clear. Additionally, each season is in its own way, beautiful and it also keeps our earthly life changing and interesting as well.
Dear Lord, We thank your for Thy love and the many gifts that you give to us every day. We especially thank you for the changing seasons which add beauty and send a strong message about life as we know it and rebirth, for with Jesus in our hearts and governing our actions we will be reborn into a new life, a life that will be everlasting. Be with us and keep us on the golden path through Thy grace and love. In His name we pray, Amen.