I painted this “Sweet Gum” leaf for its amazing autumn violet (which is taking over its green hues of summer.)
The cycle of deciduous trees is much like our lives. The strong bright green apparel of summer evokes warm, sunny, blissful days in oblivious happiness; autumn slyly arrives to clothe in jewelled beauty; but a chill is afoot; bright reds, oranges and violets will come with a price; then shades of brown suddenly become the mode, foreshadowing scarcity, darkness and cold; and, seemingly, without warning, all is stark bare branches, biting winds and gray skies; all hunker down just to survive winter’s harshness. One can almost hear the plaintive cry, “Will this season never end?”But then, one day, a warmer sun appears; a brighter sky; buds form, strength is renewed.
Most of us have experienced a dark season of hopelessness in our lives, wondering how we got there and when it would end. Perhaps we gave up on prayer and pushed God away when our adversity turned permanent. Or in our grief we obscured and diminished His great love and care for us. In the winters of our lives we need desperately to find our way back. Back to hope, back to joy, and most importantly, back to Him. Here’s God’s answer: look to Him, trust Him, draw close to Him, wait for Him. And, remember, spring is but a season away.
“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens” Isaiah 40:26
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
“The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalms 34:18
“They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31
God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. ~ C. S. Lewis