Autumn Seasons of Life
By Nina Medrano -
The first day of autumn is the day of the year when the sun crosses over the equator. The reason for our seasonal changes has to do with Earth’s yearly trip around the sun.
If our planet did not take a yearly trip around the sun, then life on Earth would be off balance.
The land would not experience the cycle of death and new growth. In fact, parts of the earth would only experience a hot or cold season eternally. The seas would become stale without the changing of waters and temperature. We would lose a large amount of plant and animal life, because many animals breed only in summer. There would be no relief of seasons.
I find this very interesting that Abba Father would design the earth to take an annual vacation, if you will. This prompts me to think about the importance of annually taking a trip—a vacation away from our busy seasons of life.
Just as Earth needs relief and time to heal and rejuvenate itself, we, too, need relief of our seasons of life.
On the first day of autumn, day and night are nearly the same amounts of time. There are about 12 hours of daylight on this day. On this day there is an equal balance of time.
God is a God of order and balance. He establishes changing seasons for the earth as well as for our lives.
By God’s design, each season has a specific purpose and effect on the Earth. So do the seasons in our lives.
As the first day of autumn approaches, I am mindful of God’s purpose and effects of this new season in my life. I ask myself what areas in my life need to be put to death so that the seed of life might grow in my spring season. How can I partner with God in balancing my time spent with Him and with my part in this world? And lastly, when should I plan a yearly get-away and bring intentional relief into my seasons of life?
“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV).