Last week was not a usual week. Our Labrador Zeus had to go to the vet. Usually my husband and I go together because he is 87 lbs. and I need help. This time I went alone. On the way out of the vet Zeus was running compared to being dragged in.
I thought to myself it gets dark so quick and I want to enjoy this day. I'm going to take Zeus walking. We just walked passed our car. He smelled almost every tree as he trotted as if in a parade! I was enjoying the daylight and wondering how I never noticed the cute vintage shop across the street as we strolled by! Uptown Whittier has huge beautiful trees and the leaves were changing and made there way to the sidewalk and street. My feet and his paws walked across them. I had to gather some of them to show my family.
Seasons came to my head, Seasons this is a term we hear often use when things are changing or occurring in our life. Seasons of trials, seasons of friendships, seasons of change, seasons of sickness and so on. Seasons may not be beautiful and are painful especially while we are in them. Reflect, and look back while in the divorce, in the pain, in the confusion, in loosing a loved one, in the trial you never expected would come your way! A change occurred, a shift happened and you became Stronger, Empowered and You! Just like these changing leaves that are changing because of the elements around them. Yes, green is the color of thriving and fruitfulness but look at the colors of these leaves they are vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. The colors of fire. Refining Fire!
See I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
Isaiah 48:10 NIV