There’s something so glorious about the leaves changing colors: it’s a reminder from the Lord that dying can be beautiful. It’s a reminder to me that there is beauty in surrendering to God’s plan. There is beauty in accepting where He has placed me and trusting that He will bring good out of the mess. And once I’m able to accept where I am, choose to die to my own plans, I can start seeing the glorious hope that lies on the other side.
With the Lord, dying isn’t the end, it’s a new beginning. That’s why I think the Fall is so beautiful and why people get so excited about it. There is something exciting about an ending because we know that there’s a new beginning on the horizon. Even if we can’t quite see it, even if there’s an entire winter before we get to see the spring. We know that something beautiful is going to happen.
We trust that Fall will turn into Winter and that Winter will turn into Spring. Why is it so hard to believe that seasons of Fall in our lives, season of dying might turn into seasons of brokenness and breakdown, but eventually they will turn into seasons of spring, of new life, of new hope?
It all reflects the Paschal mystery: the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The seasons do and so do our lives. It’s easy to get stuck in the Fall or Winter and forget that Spring is coming. It’s easy to get caught up in the dying and the suffering. When we are able to accept where we are as part of the process, surrender to His plan, we are able to then have eyes to see that Spring is coming. It might be awhile, we might have to be very patient, but it’s coming.
Yes suffering and dying is part of the Christian life, but so is redemption and resurrection. So while right now it’s easy for me to get bogged down by the fact that God’s plan and my plan look so different, I have hope that through this dying to myself new life will come. My spring is coming and so is yours. Let’s keep watch together and be patient as the Lord does something beautiful, even in this time of dying.