As we enter into the fall season, do you find yourself overwhelmed by the beautiful tree colors, the dark, clear nights and cool morning air? Sometimes it’s hard to remember, living here in Minnesota, that not every part of the country experiences the sumptuous, glorious season of fall we do each year.
Have you taken a walk in the fallen leaves, just to hear them crackle under your feet? Or have you put on the extra sweater as you left the house, or the extra blanket on the bed, as the nights have grown cooler? Have you covered your flowers for fear of frost or taken in the last of the tomatoes? This is the season to hunker down as we prepare ourselves for the coming winter. And characteristic of God, He prepares us for it.
Has God prepared you in other ways for experiences and events that are occurring in your life? If you have a young person in your home that left for college in the late summer, you may still be feeling the emptiness and loneliness of their departure. God likely prepared you for that with your young person pulling away and putting space between the two of you long before he or she left your home.
If retirement is coming for you, it’s likely that God prepared you for that by prompting you to save, to be frugal and to downsize over the past few years. Then as this time approaches, you likely feel many feelings, and one of them may be a sense of security that you would not have felt had you not prepared yourself.
Fall is a season of preparation. Go outside today, even if it’s brisk or windy, and go for a little walk to take in the crisp air and the sense of anticipation you will feel in the air. And remember that God is also preparing you each day for what He has in store and that He promises to be with you through it all.
Kate Walsh Soucheray is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Stillwater. She works at Christian Heart Counseling at 275 Third Street South and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-439-2059 ext. 718.