Autumn is officially upon us. As we transition into a new season, it is evident everywhere that fall is here. The watermelons have been replaced by pumpkins at the grocery store. There is a crispness in the air (at least there should be). New flavors emerge to signal the change. I love fall. I love the return of structure with school starting and the promise of the holidays right around the corner. I love the opportunity to pull out fall clothes. As temperature gets cooler, I feel a lightness in my step.
It is hard for me to believe that a year has gone by since I started this blog. I am so thankful for the encouragement of friends who urged me to start it. If I go back and read the first few posts, I can remember the loneliness I felt after moving. I can see God’s hand in putting us in just the right neighborhood, the right school, the right church. Often times I am just like the Israelites, who forgot all the miracles God did for them. I face another trial and cry out, wondering where God has gone.
In Joshua 4, God tells Joshua to take stones from the Jordan River, where they are standing, on dry land. He tells him to place the stones as a visual reminder of the provision God made for them. “When your children ask you, ‘What are these stones to you?’ you’ll say, ‘The flow of the Jordan was stopped in front of the Chest of the Covenant of God as it crossed the Jordan- stopped in its tracks. These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.”
We need permanent memorials for ourselves too. Reminders of His faithfulness even when He doesn’t feel near. Encouragement that God hasn’t brought us this far just to leave us. Some helpful things for me are keeping a journal, writing a promise on a stone, putting a sticky note on the mirror. Those are visuals I can see on a daily basis and be reminded I’m not alone.
I want to say thanks to all who have been following me during this journey. Your encouragement and kind words mean so much. I hope your fall is off to a great start!