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The Autumn Transition

October 6, 2012

It’s that time of year again, the leaves have started to turn, and so have our thermostats! As we board the Autumn bus that looks to take us to our wintery destination we say goodbye to warmth, sunshine and all that is green and turn to greet cold, moonlight and all that is grey.

I have always found the seasons very interesting, I think there is something very profound to be noticed in the way things are ordered, something refreshing for us to learn in the way seasons take their turn.

Summer and Winter can very easily be identified as the seasons of life and death, respectively. In mid Summer we have life and colour and abundance. No matter what is going on in my life I just need to step out into the sunshine for a moment or two and things start to feel a little better. Winter however seems to be the polar opposite. It is often the visual definition of death and decay.

I think the seasons can teach us something about life.

I remember studying Buddhism during my A levels and one principle that I found quite interesting was the idea that everything in life rises, exists and then fades. Nothing is constant, so Buddhism would teach you. We see this reflected in the seasons; In Spring we have the transition from Winter to Summer; a season of birth, a season of new life as flowers start to blossom. In the Summer these flowers exist and flourish in all their glory. Then autumn comes as we transition from life to death, the flowers begin to fade and wither, by Winter time they are no more.

Every so often there comes a time in my life when I know that I need to put something down. The wise person is able to recognise the seasons in their life, and handle their responsibilities appropriately. Continuing with something that should have been put down is a little bit like keeping dead flowers on display in your dining room.

I wonder if there is anything in your life that you are continuing with that you know you should have put down a while ago.

Jesus talked about this when teaching on the importance of letting yourself die to things that are not of God. This is what He says in John chapter 12:

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”

I wonder how many times we get in the way of what God wants to do in our lives because we hold onto dead flowers when God has something fresh for us.

It’s important to note that often it’s not until one season dies that a new one can begin.

This can feel uncomfortable for us, let’s be honest most of us shy away from change. Perhaps we like the dead flowers – we know them, we are comfortable with them – they won’t disappoint!

Remember that I mentioned this notion that nothing is constant, how everything rises, exists and then fades… well that’s true… for most things anyway. There is an exception to the rule and that exception is God. The bible tells us that creator God sits enthroned above the earth.

If there was ever someone to trust when it comes to knowing when to put things down then it’s Him.

If there’s something in your life that you are holding onto that you need to put down, perhaps now is a good time to let it wither, after all it’s Autumn time.

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