Falling into place

Pumpkin and Squash

Image by Noel C. Hankamer via Flickr

Crisp, cool air.

Leaves on the trees hint brilliance and the stroke of the Artist’s hand.

Flavors and aromas, cinnamon and pumpkin, entice my soul.

Fall is my favorite time of year.

There is something about the air, the scenery, the smell and taste of autumn that propels me forward from the dog days of summer to whatever God has in store next.

This spring and summer have been particularly challenging.  I have lost my focus and sense of direction.  God has been stirring my heart towards clarity and I have been fighting it.  Because sometimes clarity brings change.  Change often means letting things go or {heaven forbid} saying no to good things to make room for God’s best.

Walking in faith is an ever changing journey.  With seasons, much like autumn and spring, winter and summer, God takes us through paths of refreshment, desolate times and seasons of rebirth in order to grow us in relationship with Himself.

I feel a change brewing, simmering like hot apple cider on the stove.  As I ask God to increase my desire for Him and decrease my desire for other things, I teeter between excitement and tentative fear of the unknown.  Surrendering access to places and strongholds I wasn’t even aware I had {until recently} makes my deep seated need for control rear its ugly {and evil} head.

Isn’t it peculiar how I can think I have completely given an area to God until He reveals that secret door I had swallowed the key to and forgotten about?

As I look forward to my favorite season I also look forward to the work He is doing in my heart, with anticipation {of the good and bad variety}.

“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” ~Hebrews 10: 21-23

He, in His perfect timing, perfect grace, perfect will, already knows what lies ahead.  So, I hold to the hope I profess as He prunes and grows my heart.

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Comments

  1. I especially love when you wrote:
    “As I ask God to increase my desire for Him and decrease my desire for other things, I teeter between excitement and tentative fear of the unknown.”

    This is what I feel lately too!  How I long to fully trust Him …that is my prayer.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  2. This was right on time thank you. I know I tend to get in the way of myself, and I don’t stop to listen hear God. I loved that at the end you talked about perfect timing, because everything IS in His perfect timing and not mine. Thanks again

  3. It is fearful when we lean more into Him sometimes isn’t. Giving up control isn’t easy. Great post.

  4. Muthering Heights says:

    I *totally* get where you’re coming from!!!

  5. so true!

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