Discipleship – Thrive
There is something about Fall that I love! I think it is a combination of all the things that go into the changing of the season; the cooler weather and the colors on the trees as they begin to shed their leaves.
Fall reminds me that all things have a season, even us! Sometimes we are in a season of growth, like the new growth of spring. Other times we are in a season of steadiness like summer or preparation like fall. Maybe even that of winter’s death where all things seem to stand still. Here on fall’s doorstep we are reminded of the beauty that comes with time. In the midst of fall, as we begin to see glimpses of nature’s eventual rest, we know winter is coming. But, I remind myself always, that all seasons are necessary; without winter’s death, spring’s new growth would not be possible. So it is with our own spiritual growth. Sometimes we are in a stage of new growth or rest…but even in rest growth is happening.
This past year has been an extremely tough one for me personally. Last October I lost my dad very unexpectedly and it has been the hardest thing I have ever had to face. I miss him every day and I am extremely grateful for the love and support he gave me and the strong faith that he instilled in me. As I stand and look back at the year, I see winter, desolate and lonely. Yet, I know that God is continuing to work in me, and I am beginning to see signs of new growth taking root. That is thriving! Holding on to my faith, continuing to struggle, all the while trusting God to hold me, to guide me, and to teach me daily.
I know grief is a season and some seasons can last for a while. I also know that God is present in my grief and through it I will continue to thrive.
The righteous thrive like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the LORD, they thrive in the courts of our God.
They will still bear fruit in old age, healthy and green
Psalm 92:12-14 (HCSB)