Summer turned to fall so slowly this year, reluctantly letting go of its warmth. It is a surprise to be at the end of November. The frosty morning air and the quickly darkening afternoon sky still startle me some days.
Each season has its hard and its lovely. We can resent the cold and darkness or we can embrace them. I like to make friends with the new season, changing my rhythm to fully experience it.
But there is an adjustment. A change of thinking. A putting away of picnics and pools and gardens. A pulling out of sweaters and blankets and candles.
Exchanging the color of dancing flowers for the color of dying leaves.
All change requires adjusting, accepting, settling. Letting ourselves sit with the way it is rather than the way we want it to be.
Perspective is everything, isn’t it?
Some life events are big, changing our direction and our expectations.
The wind shifts just so, and we are in the middle of a storm. Not just a quickly moving squall, but a tempest that changes our course.
Perspective lets us cling to what is good: the anchoring of our souls, the promises of God, the friends alongside us. Even when a storm threatens to sweep everything away, the Creator is near. A very present help in trouble.
He is piloting our boat, steadily and silently. He is taking us somewhere safe.
This is Thanksgiving week, and many layers of memory surround me. Many happy, carefree remembrances, but some shadowed and dark layers. I miss my mom and dad. I ache for Marissa.
But I am clinging to what is good.
Thankfulness is simply a faith-filled perspective.
I am grateful for my reconciliation with God through His Son. For His every-day mercies, His powerful promises, His gentle, constant presence. I praise Him for the beautiful people He has given me to love, and for His bountiful provision of every needed thing.
I am looking for my future home where all the shadowed layers are turned to light and the heaviness of grief is lifted. Where all the broken things are healed.
Where the Lamb is all the glory.
Where I will sing forever of His faithfulness in the storm.