As I was pushing the mower past one of the Crepe Myrtle trees in my front yard the other day, I glanced left only to be startled by this scary arachnid. Ooooo! It gave me the heebeegeebee’s! It was a welcomed sign, though, of the start of one of my favorite seasons–fall. There is something about the cooler temperatures, the palette of leaf colors, and the smell of wood burning in the fireplace that makes life worth living. I could certainly do without the spiders but I like what they foreshadow.
To everything there is a season, says the Lord. Fall is a time when plant life begins to die or go dormant. This is sort of the Lord’s way of pruning the Earth’s vast landscape in preparation for new growth. What season does the Lord have you in right now (football season is not the answer I’m looking for, guys)? A season of pruning? A season of new growth? A season of blessing or harvest? A rough patch maybe? What are the signs that fortell the next season of your life? What can you do to “rake the leaves” in this season in order to prepare yourself for the next? What in your life needs pruned? Or fetilized? Or just watered? Is there something we could be praying with you about?