Poet John Keats describes autumn as a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’. Not only are the trees bearing their fruit, but the vegetables planted earlier in the year are now ready to eat. The robins have started to sing in the trees, and the magpies are collecting in the fields. The mist is now seen in early morning, and the season is changing from summer sunshine to autumn colour.
Change is an essential part of life: young children have started school, older children may have gone to college or off to university. Perhaps you have started a new job, or sadly lost one. Relationships are started and finished. How can we cope in this season of change?
God promises that He has a plan for each of us. Although it is difficult to understand this when facing the challenges of life, the Apostle Paul sums it up, as he says that he ‘forgets what has gone behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on for the upward goal of Christ’. We can all have a goal in life, big or small, but it is important that we do not lose the focus of our goal.
By Sally Jevons from Elim Pentecostal Church Representing Churches Together in Dewsbury. To contact CTiD please ring 01924 454750 or 457057.