Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Autumn is a time of change. The temperature drops, and summer annuals die with the first frost of the season. As acorns drop to the ground, squirrels quickly gather them up and bury them under dirt and mulch. Grass begins to shift from deep green to a dull, dormant wheat color. Fall leaves me feeling reflective as I consider the changes of the season.
In Illinois, one transformation that occurs during the month of October is the color change of the leaves. From the ripe shades of green, leaves turn into various autumn colors and fall off the trees. Oak leaves become different shades of brown. Maple leaves turn into a beautiful display of orange, mahogany and gold. All around, trees undergo a change that appeals to the eye.
As I ponder the dramatic changes of the leaves, I cannot help but think of the Christian life. As we ask Jesus into our heart, we are transformed into His likeness. When we humble ourselves before Him, we allow our old self to die. This permits our new life in Christ to be born and grow. Likewise, fall leaves must change color and descend to the ground. In doing so, trees are preparing for new growth in the spring. How lovely the leaves are when they transform from their shades of green to their gorgeous hues of reds and yellows! Just as the autumn leaves reveal their vibrant colors, so, too, does a committed Christian exhibit a vibrant life.
Thus, a change in the leaves is symbolic to me of a converted heart submitted to Jesus Christ. As fall approaches, the air turns cool and crisp. Pumpkins, gourds and hay are displayed on porches. However, I am moved by the dying leaves. As I observe the leaves floating to the ground and covering the grass like a protective blanket, I am reminded to continually yield my life to Christ. A committed Christian life is a beautiful life. May fall always leave me feeling this reflective!