I love fall. EXCEPT pumpkin spice.
I don't know about you, but I LOVE fall!
I love the cooler weather! I love changing leaves! I love the hunting! I love the football! I love fires in fireplaces. I love soups--especially in bread bowls! Now, I abhor the pumpkin spice latte, but I love the fact that it's only available in the fall!
The irony of that is not lost on me.
See, the reason I love fall is because it's not fall year round. I love fall because the anticipation and the expectation that I'll get to experience things that I haven't been able to experience so far this year.
Now, let me tell you why that's good news for you if you're a "fall"ower of Christ (see what I did there?). It's good news because as Lamentations 3:22-23 reminds us, "The love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
Do you see the definitive nature with which the author writes? God's love NEVER ceases. His mercies NEVER come to an end. They (his mercies) are new EVERY morning. In other words, because God is egternal and because God is only good, there will always be something good to discover about Him--something you haven't experienced before.
I love how James writes about this topic in his letter, James 1:17, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change."
Again, very definitive. EVERY good and perfect gift. There is NO change in Him.
My point here is simply this: I frequently forget God's mercies are new every morning. I forget God's love is eternal and there should be an expectation and anticipation that comes every morning I wake up. At minimum, the same joy I have for the things of fall, I should have for God. The reality of my life is that I'm so involved and busy in the things of this world that I fail to recognize I haven't experienced THIS day with MY God and His creation ever before.
Maybe that's your story too. Maybe we could change the narrative. Like... what if we could view God the same way we view seasons? What if we could live in such a way that each day caused us to reflect every good and perfect gift from God? What if our "fall" was an every day occurence? Only without the pumpkin spice. You can disagree with me on this, but pumpkin spice is not a gift from God, it's straight from the pit of hell.
All joking aside, here's my challenge to you: take time today (and every day), maybe it's in the car or on the way to work, on a break between classes, or over lunch, to recenter yourself and remind yourself that God is good. Remind yourself that I haven't experienced Him in this way before; I will choose to love God and the people He's put in my path today. Then, expect God to do something that will bring you joy and Him glory.