THE BLESSING OF OCTOBER
As someone who loves the great outdoors I wish every month was like October. I feel like it is God’s gift to us after a long hot summer.
God blesses us with the beauty of fall colors across this great land to stir our souls. He blesses us with cooler temperatures to give us new energy to do all the outdoor things there are to do in October.
You’ve got to find time for several October fishing trips. Fish will be feeding heavily storing up for the winter months. I really believe there is no better time to catch fish. I just can’t get out there enough with all the other outdoor things I have to do.
Archery hunters like me will be sitting in a treestand waiting for a deer to come by their secret hiding place. If they do that’s the bonus. Just being out there is what is important.
If you are a waterfowl or upland bird hunter you’ve got to get your dog ready for hunting seasons and the dog is just as excited as you are. Canoeing or kayaking down an autumn river through a tunnel of colorful trees hearing nothing but the rippling of water is much better than crowded highways. Hiking up a mountain or a hill to see the kaleidoscope of colors in the valleys below is magnificent.
I don’t know about you but I love to go camping in October. Sitting around a campfire watching the flames dance and flicker is a great time to think about all the blessings God has given me. I also enjoy hunting for fall mushrooms and fall turkey and squirrels and rabbits and my list goes on.
Like the song says, “Thank you Lord for your blessings on me.”
THE AUTUMN OF LIFE
I love the autumn season! The beautiful fall colors and cooler weather are a special blessing from God. Especially after a hot summer and before a cold winter.
Like a lot of you, I am in the autumn of my life. I think about the valleys God has helped me through and the storms I have faced and he has been there. I think about how in spite of my failures he has blessed me with a wonderful family, friends and Sac River Cowboy Church.
In the autumn of life, we tend to reflect back but we also still have work to do so we need to keep moving forward. In Jude 1:12, it talks about how autumn should be a fruitful season. It yields the harvest of seeds we’ve sown throughout life and braces us for colder days to come. If we use the gifts God has blessed us with, the seeds we sow from these gifts can save lost souls.
When we watch the national and even local news or glance at a newspaper we know the world is changing. We worry that our kids and grandkids are growing up in a world much different from the one we knew as kids. Then there are personal changes like the passing of friends or family, and the slow, steady decline in our own energy and health.
But amid all our changes, God never changes. He is always dependable. He is always there for us. The world may fade, the stars may fall, the seasons may change, and winter may come but God is our eternal hope.
The autumn of life is a great time to focus on God’s wonderful blessings—family, friends, strength, shelter, provisions, guidance, care, opportunities to serve, more time to pray and study His Word, and eternal life still to come.
Enjoy the colorful Autumn season but also remember your commitment to God. Some of the saddest words in the Bible are in Jeremiah 8:20, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” If you’ve never made a commitment to Jesus Christ, do it now no matter what season of life you are in.