The autumn of life is a strange mixture of nostalgia, blessings, and potential. It yields the harvest of seeds we’ve sown throughout life and braces us for colder days to come.
And autumn, for many people is the most glorious of seasons for it is honest in its beauty.
It’s also a time when I put away my summer wardrobe and bring out the winter one.
Hot cocoa, fires in the hearth, and frosty windows inside and out are all part of the nostalgia of my youth and childhood of Autumn days, moving into cold and dark nights.
Roast potatoes were the Jacket potatoes of our time now, and they were thrown into hot cinders to roast. Not in an oven like now.
And! when Winter arrived it often always came with snow, and we could get out our home made sledges and spend many an hour sliding down what we used to call “banky row” known as that because it was in a row of houses on a bank!!
Its great to look back to the changing times and we can also reflect as we creep towards the change of seasons. When life’s autumn arrives, we can look back and better understand the way God led us; but we can also recognise we still have work to do—the best and fullest. It’s a good transition time. The seasons come and go, and so to focus on the God who remains unchanged and unchanging, gives us a sense of stability in our lives. “LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:1-2). His character is always dependable. His truth, ways, and purposes do not change. His Son does not change. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
The world may fade, the stars may fall, the seasons may change, and winter may come. But the God who has been our help in ages past is our hope for years to come. In Him we have permanence, stability, joy unshakable, and life unending.
The autumn of life is a great time to focus on God’s wonderful blessings—family, friends, strength, shelter, provision, guidance, care, fruitful ministry, opportunities to serve, more time to pray and study His Word,
During life’s autumn, we have a richer perspective and can count more blessings than ever before. We all know that winter lies ahead, but if winter comes, can spring be far behind?