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Lessons from Fall Leaves
As we look around during the fleeting days of summer, the days are becoming shorter and temperatures are starting to cool down. Farmers are harvesting their crops. Flowers lose their brilliant color and trees prepare for winter.
Have you ever wondered why trees lose their leaves and the colors change so remarkably? Science reveals that leaves collect and store energy from the sun all summer through the process of photosynthesis. In the fall, a chemical change occurs, prompting the leaves to turn different colors. Eventually, the bond between the leaves and branches weakens; the leaves fall off the trees. Although leafless branches appear barren, there is a purpose; less stress on trees when the winter storms and winds batter them. In the spring, the trees bloom once again with renewed vigor.
As we think about our lives, we have some similarities with trees. We go about the business of everyday life sustained by the energy we absorb from activities such as work, family, friendships, church, and other commitments. Then some leaves unexpectedly fall in our life; broken relationships, illness, losing a job, losing a loved one. The color of our world changes and we feel like a barren branch. Yet during these times we see remarkable evidence of how God renews through change.
“So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-17(MSG)
Just as trees let go of leaves, we need to do the same. If we can gracefully allow things to drop from our lives, we too can overcome the difficulties, and blossom with renewed strength. You can rest assured there is help for times of change. If you feel a sense of despair in your life, the compassionate counselors at Lighthouse will walk alongside you in your journey and help you find inner strength and peace.