Fall is on the way! It may not look like it right now—the temperature on my truck gauge said “97 degrees” when I left work the other day! It didn’t feel like it the other morning as I left home in the fog and asked God to send His Holy Spirit to cover me just like the fog that hugged the tree tops and softened my view in every direction, either, but that doesn’t change anything. Even when it doesn’t feel like it, I know that Fall is on the way and it makes me smile.
I love the changing of seasons. It reminds me of my unchanging God. That might sound strange to some, perhaps, but Genesis 9:22 (NKJV), says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” Because He is faithful throughout every day, every season and temperature—as long as the earth remains, God will be there, too.
A couple of weeks ago I stopped by the hospital at lunch to see a young man who is over 90 years old. I say that he’s a “young man” because he keeps a young spirit. While I was there, he received a phone call and another visitor. On the way out, I ran into 2 more visitors for him. Further down the hall, I saw his sweet wife being brought in by wheelchair for her visit with her ‘sweetheart’ of 68 years. Yes, you read that right. They were celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary that day and “Miss Madge” was arriving—and holding a cake!–to celebrate the occasion.
I can’t tell you how much that did for my day. Such faithfulness! Such life in these dear ones! Their influence is amazing and yet, it is quiet. Even in this twilight of life, they continue to reach for each other and their God and they bring us all closer to Him just by being with them. Their consistent walk is a blessing—for years they have held hands at 1 PM every afternoon and prayed for an hour. Yes! An hour—how many days would it take for some of us to reach that hour on our own?
Yes, the seasons are changing. Fall is on the way, God is still at work and I need to get busy praying.