If I’m being completely open and honest, I’ve always struggled in the fall. Depression hits pretty hard for me starting about middle of October and then comes and goes until April-ish. It’s a tricky thing for me. For those of you who know me, I’m a person of faith. I rely pretty heavily on my relationship with God to get me through difficult times. However, the funny thing is that as my depression gets bigger and closer, God seems to get smaller and farther away. So it’s a downward spiral generally. The weather turns, I get depressed, then I lose my connection with God, and it makes me more depressed.
So, this year, I decided to try to shift my perspective on the fall. Usually, I see fall as a time of death and decay as plants are going dormant for winter. I see fall as a time when the vivid colors of spring and summer morph and fade into dull browns and grays. The fun filled activities of summer lull into a slow drawn-out trudging monotony. However, over the next three posts, I’m going to show how to shift perspective to redeem all these things and to use them to keep my connection with God.
Let’s start with the first, death and decay. It’s true. During the fall, many plants die. The beautiful flowers that are planted in the spring whither and die, the vibrant green grass goes dormant into a grayish brown, and the trees stand lifelessly still.
However, I think the way to change perspective on this issue is to look at fall not as a season of death and decay, but also as a season of harvest. Yes it is true that plants are dying, but that death is part of the harvest. It is the completion of what was begun in the spring with the planting.
We can connect with God through this by remembering that He is a god of completion. God finishes what He starts. This is true in plants but it is also true in us. Every one of us was put on Earth for a reason. We are not accidents. We have purpose for being here and God will bring about that purpose in our lives. He is going to finish what He started in our lives. Focusing on that and dwelling on the harvest is the first way that I am shifting my perspective this year. God is not a god of death and decay. He is a god of harvest and completion. I choose to trust in that.
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(This is an abridged version of a piece that I wrote for my church, Northside Christian Church’s, website. If you want to read the original piece, head to www.northsideweb.org/blog)