Autumn is Here

Autumn is different in Florida. I’m writing this in December, and I’m wearing a t-shirt. Not a lot of sweaters around here. I think we’re all happy that there’s no snow to shovel, and not many leaves to rake, but some folks miss the fall foliage. For my part, I’m grateful. We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of looking past appearances, of seeing outer things as evidence of something deeper. Looking for a change of seasons within, instead of on the lawn, is exactly the point.

When we make an inner connection, outer manifestation happens too. Every time. If you look around, hard enough and in the right places, you’ll see autumn leaves blowing in the wind. The fact that finding them takes a little work makes the whole thing sweeter. It’s a little like life.

Just like life, the experience is an educational one. We don’t just love the leaves because they’re pretty. We love them and seek them out because they are proof of growth and transition, a reminder that something is sleeping, just beneath the surface, and is about to wake up. Autumn leaves ride the winds of change. Change, freedom, revolution is what calls us.

You can’t see the wind, but you can see the leaves and know it’s there. Maybe you can’t see the love, but it’s there, as the driving force behind all that is. The life and healing, abundance and freedom, answers and guidance are all there, moving through our lives in invisible ways. We have only to look around. Change isn’t coming. It’s here.

Jesus said "He who has seen Me has seen the Father" (John 14:9). It’s not a statement of exclusivity, it’s one of transparency. When we look at Him, we know which way the wind is blowing. The Holy Spirit that moved across the waters at the beginning moves through us, too. When people hear what we say and see what we do, may they see what love looks like.