Autumn brings us an array of changing leaves. What do you think of when you see the reds and oranges, and yellows? Beauty, for sure.
This season, I’ve also been more aware of how short a time this breathtaking palette will be here for us to enjoy. By the time we see the green turn to yellow or orange or red, the decay is inevitable. The turning from green is a signal that the leaf is dying on the branch. Soon all the changing leaves will lie on the ground, to be replaced in spring with a new crop of tender green. Now, for these few short weeks, we see this contrast of the dying against the still-green living.
We learn about this cycle in grade school and we expect it. For some reason, though, this year I keep thinking about how we need to savor the colors now.
Here’s how Scripture puts this: “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.” This has been a refrain for me this autumn. This year has brought uncertainties both welcome and difficult: a job layoff and a new job, grandchildren starting school, major illness in the family. No need to live in fear of the future, though. Instead, we can look around today and focus on the amazing. Look now, while the beauty blazes. Number this day as memorable.
What’s in your world now that you want to savor this season? What are you especially thankful for this week?
*Photos were taken at Palomar, California; Concord, Massachusetts; and in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.