Fall is a beautiful time of year. The transition between summer, where plants are alive and temperatures are uncomfortably warm, and winter, where plants are dormant and temperatures are uncomfortably cold, is a window of pleasantness that can inspire the soul. To see the trees go from green to yellow to red and watch the animals scurry along getting ready for the bleakness of winter is, in many ways, rejuvenating.
This weekend I went up to the mountains to see the colors of the aspens and scrub oaks in all their autumnal glory. My family and I saw such colors and many deer and even a bear. We witnessed the grandeur of new places with majestic views and rushing streams. We saw waterfalls and quaint towns. And everywhere was the feeling of fall – that transition to get ready for another busy mountain season.
Normally, such a trip this time of year into the mountains would provide opportunity to go where we want to go with comfortable (borderline chilly) temperatures and dry roads inviting us to explore the kaleidoscope of color that awaits. This year, however, we were greeted by mountains capped with snow and temperatures that were downright cold. The roads that usually invited us were wet and slick.
Yet we would not be undone by this unexpected change. Instead of retreating and waiting for a better opportunity, we trudged forward and welcomed the unexpected. Because of our boldness for adventure, we have pictures of mountains vibrant with color yet capped with snow. We were even snowed on in one expansive valley above 11,000 feet on the last day of September! Coming down the mountain to return home, we were surprised by a magnificent rainbow at the summit of Molas Pass looking back toward the Animas River Valley.
It was totally worth it to brave the cold, wet weather to see what we had never seen before.
All this exploration of the change of seasons made me think about our lives.
We set things up so that we can live a certain way, and unexpectedly, God allows an abrupt change in our lives. Some people have unexpected children. Some have unexpected job changes. Some even have unexpected changes within themselves.
Everything changes. Everything is supposed to change. Someone once said something regarding business that relates to all of life, “Change or die.”
But are you ready for change? Do you handle change smoothly like the changing of the seasons, or does change feel like the severe storm that blows through and leaves you in a different time zone?
Some people resist change. They want everything to be great, like it always has been, but they don’t realize that it hasn’t always been great. There are always struggles. There will always be struggles. There is no possible way for things to remain the same.
So, the only logical option is to accept that change is coming and jump on board.
Within our very lives, change is expected. Jesus loves you no matter where you were when you met him, but he loves you too much to leave you there. He wants you to be changed. Daily. He wants you to become like him.
You have a choice. You can joyfully embrace and seek after the change expected, and in doing so become the beautiful transition like fall in the mountains. Or you can resist. That resistance will not bloom like flowers in spring. What usually happens when we resist change is we become more bitter and resentful. Our trees begin to wilt and die.
How will you encounter the changes in your life? Remember, you don’t have to face change alone. God has said He will never leave or forsake you. Jesus said He would be with you always. You don’t have to be afraid of change. Embrace it.