Wayne Weekly “Experience Your Season”
Written by Wayne Taylor on September 28, 2017
Looking out of my office window I noticed how a once green foliaged tree now has had a transformation. It is expected, it’s fall. But it seemed to happen so quickly.
I would guess that just about everyone welcomes fall’s great colors. After a diet of green throughout the summer months, the change is greeted with enthusiastic anticipation of all that comes with the new season. People begin to look for the signature signs of harvest time. Apple orchards invite you in and pumpkins go for sale at roadside stands along with corn stalks and gourds of all colors, markings, shapes and sizes. Whether you agree with celebrating Halloween or not, cardboard cut outs of black cats and scarecrows make their appearance along with “other” things.
I really like warm autumn days, days when you feel the sunshine on your face…and it feels good, not hot and sweaty. Taking a walk hearing the dry, crunching leaves beneath your feet is somehow a pleasant sound…and the smell of those leaves can bring back great memories of yesterday.
I remember when I was a kid, we could burn leaves in the street in front of our homes. Man, does that sound strange now. We’d rake up the lawn and have ourselves a bond fire. I loved the smell, still do. Sometimes we would throw apples in the burning pile, let them cook, and with a long stick retrieve them and take a mouthful or two. They weren’t that tasty, but it was adventurous.
Seasons change, even in our own earthly existence. Seasons in life can bring about changes in our likes and dislikes, in how we pace ourselves, in the activities that we engage in, in what we recognize as important and in what we value and count precious. I think accepting those seasons in life that arrive at our doorsteps can help us to enjoy things that have escaped our attention in days gone by. Just like the fall that prepares nature for the coming winter, we tend to slow down and just breathe in the air.
Experience your season, it’s a gift from God.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1