Lessons from Autumn – Janet Eriksson

Bible Verse

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” — Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

Reflection

I have been excited about the autumn season this year. There was a time I didn’t feel that way. Autumn depressed me. It seemed like things were getting colder, darker, lifeless, which reflected the very circumstances I was going through at that time.

Since then, God has brought so much healing and brightness into my life. He has redeemed the autumn season. Now, what I see all around me are reminders of His presence and love.

Lessons from Autumn
Photo by Brittnye Potter

Here are a few lessons from autumn God has taught me, turning things I didn’t like about autumn into a deeper understanding of who He is.

Now, when I see crumbling leaves, I’m reminded how God helps us shed the old for the new.

Lessons from Autumn
Photo by Karen Castleberry

When I shiver in the chilly autumn wind, I remember what a privilege we have to press in to God for comfort and warmth.

Lessons from Autumn
Photo by Brittnye Potter

If fall becomes a high-stress season, God teaches me to rest, and He uses the natural landscape to remind me. The cycle God created in nature, leading from a fruitful summer to a restful and renewing winter reminds me that I need God’s rhythms for each day.

Lessons from Autumn
Photo by Tara Cheatham

As the days get darker sooner and for longer, the Holy Spirit invites me to shine with His light more brightly. He nudges me to remain close to Him, to let Him fill me with His presence. If I let Him shine in the darkness, folks around me will be encouraged to draw near to His hope and brightness.

Lessons from Autumn
Photo by Janet Eriksson, Adventures with God

Prayer

Thank You, God, for Your lessons from autumn. Remind me to keep drawing closer to You every day, and to let Your light shine brightly in my heart, so that others will be drawn to Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Thought for the Day

During this beautiful autumn season, take time regularly to remember God is with you in every moment.

Copyright © 2020 by Janet Eriksson

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Janet Eriksson is an intercessor, writer, and teacher in Dahlonega, Georgia. She loves conversation with friends, front porch swings, sweet tea, and spending time on lakes and rivers. The author of nine books and editor of many more, Janet blogs and teaches at https://adventureswithgod.blog/. She enjoys volunteering with Transformations. Janet received her M. Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary.

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