Editor’s Note: Falling Free
“2 Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. 3 Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.” –James 1:2-3
Fall is the transitional season that takes us by the hand, walks us out of summer, and swings us around the corner into the winter season. For many, fall is a precious time of harvesting and festive gatherings where sweaters, mugs filled with hot cocoa, bon fires, and football are in full effect. While we all appreciate the fun stuff it’s evident that this is the time of year where nature takes its usual course of change and falling away. You know the routine… leaves turn pretty colors and then they fall down. This means we’ll all be busy breaking out the rake and trying to conquer a yard full of leaves.
Like natural seasons, we also undergo spiritual seasons of transition and change. We, too, become like the trees and begin to experience falling “leaves” in our lives. These leaves could be a close friendship, a loved one, a spouse, a job, financial asset, or your identity. Once the leaves have fallen, we are left bare and vulnerable. Simply put, it’s a tough spot to be in.
For me, my falling leaf was the recent loss of our son 4 months ago. Losing a loved one can be a shock to anyone’s world. Losing our son didn’t just shock my world– it slammed on the breaks and left me sitting in the road without the slightest clue of where I was going. After just having suffered a miscarriage and then to endure another was just the unimaginable. It was the first time in my life that I felt completely hopeless.
The only thing I knew for sure was that the only way that I was going to get through this was to trust in God even though I couldn’t trace Him. I knew that if I was to become stronger I was going to have to seek God like never before. It was in my seeking that I learned that it’s in the falling of our leaves that God prepares us for new provisions and blessings. We may never understand why the leaves fall, but we know that new ones always grow. It was knowing this that I gained a sense of freedom from my falling leaves.
There are a few spiritual truths that God revealed to me that I want to leave with you.
- God is always near, it’s us who needs to come closer. (James 4:8)
- We don’t have to explain our feelings to Him because He’s been there. (Hebrews 4:15)
- His comfort can be felt in the most trying of situations from Him and from others. (2 Corinthians 1:3)
- Reading his word daily is required, not recommended. (Joshua 1:8)
- Faith is a muscle that only gets bigger from being exercised by our trials. (James 1:3)
- We should have joy in the hard times because they are always working for our benefit. (Romans 8:28)
- No matter what we face God has the power to see us through. (Ephesians 3:20)
Talk to the Editor:
What falling leaves are you experiencing that God has helped you to find the joy in?