Finding the Heart of Fall

Well, we’ve reached October and all I have to say is “where did September go?”. It seems as though the whole month just went by in a blink. There were some HEAVY times in September. Personally, professionally, and in a few other arenas, I felt so extremely weary. There were some dark days, loss, changes and all sorts of adjustments that weren’t welcome, but necessary. For some reason, though, I did not tank like I used to. Honestly, this last month I have felt more sure and steady through all of the crazy than I have in years. I know why.

I’ve let the leaves fall.

At some point, the trees surrender.

And so should we.

We tend to hold on so tight to certain ways, certain people, toxic behavior, ways of thinking/doing, how to approach life/problems, etc. You name it and we try to control it. I’ve learned through lots of experience that the more I try so hard to hold on to things, the more I struggle. When I shed old habits, old control issues, toxic situations, toxic ways of thinking, and surrender to the maker, the pruning happens, and there is room for new life to emerge. img_8179

You all know this. This is not a new concept. We all learned about the 4 seasons in preschool. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. We are all aware the the trees lose their leaves in the Fall, Winter is bare, Spring brings forth life and Summer leaves serve their purpose; shade. 🙂

In other words, we shed the old, go through the dormant stage(this is when the roots are most important), let life spring forth, then serve our purpose.

Which season are you in? It may be fall outside, but you could be in a season of dormancy…it doesn’t seem like much life is sprung forth, but something deep down is happening, you just can’t see it. Roots are running deep and foundation is being made sturdy, so that new life can come soon. Is your soul rooted? Can it spring forth with new life later down the road? Will it be able to serve its purpose?

Let the old season fall. Let the old ways of doing things, seeing things, controlling things…go. Let it go. The falling of the leaves of our lives doesn’t always look pretty and more often than not we will need to get the rake out and clean up. Life can be messy like that. But, I tell you, letting the winds of change take all the  dried up afterlife of your former season can be the best thing to ever happen.

Ecclesiasties 3:1-8

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

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Let this be your time. Whatever God is doing in you, let him do it fully. Don’t hang on, hold back or white knuckle it. Just let him do what he does best. Create new things from old. Let the leaves fall, the season change, the winds blow…for from it, new life and purpose will “spring” forth.

I would love to hear your thoughts…be sure and comment below or check out @theheartofeverydaylife on instagram. Keep the conversation happening!

Blessings in whatever season you find yourself today,

Shaina

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