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Autumn: Hope in The Midst of Decay

Fall is amazing. It’s my favorite season and pumpkin spice lattes are one of God’s gifts to 21st century mankind (if you frequent coffee shops like I do). Football, soccer, baseball playoffs…As a sports fan, it’s enough to stop ALL productivity and just stay glued to the TV the next few months. Let’s not even talk about the yearly Renaissance Festival with all the incredible food, amazing entertainers, and my one excuse to talk with a British accent each year (this is not a joke. It’s awesome!).

Yet, with all of these wonderful things, Autumn is the season of decay.

And our souls know this season all too well.

Each of us has experienced the pain that comes from the loss of a loved one, the death of a dream, or the end of a cherished chapter in our lives. It’s as if we began to truly believe our lives would never change.

My days in college were some of the most rewarding days of my life. Friends were accessible just down the dormitory hallway, no dream was impossible, and bills were a mysterious curse on humanity that resided in a futuristic fantasy rather than in an impending reality. But then came the fall: graduation. The end of a magical season of life.

And yet, even in the midst of decay, we find God creating a masterpiece out of the remains.

In nature we experience the beauty of the leaves painted in a thousand colors, as if they are giving their greatest performance in the final production of their lives. Similarly, when we experience the fall, we’re invited into God’s story as He redeems and weaves our yesterdays into a grand story of hope and new life.

Maybe you’ve lost someone close. Don’t lose heart. God is so very near to you. If you’ve failed at a dream, don’t stop imagining a better future. If you’re in a season of transition and it’s painful, don’t give up hope. God can meet you wherever you are and He is able to restore what our fragile humanity cannot.

Are you experiencing a season of loss or decay in your own life?

Are you willing to ask God to begin something new and to redeem what is lost in your past?

Are you willing to trust Him with your future?

– AV