The trees are starting to change colors in our neighborhood. Soon, the streets will be lined with a riot of color -- yellow, red and orange. The temperatures should start to drop, and the crisp days of fall will be here, reminding us that winter is on its way.
I love fall. I love the beauty of the mums blooming and the trees changing. I love a crisp fall day. I love watching my kids jump in the piles of leaves we have just raked. Pumpkins and gourds start to adorn tables and front steps.
Fall is a great time to stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty of God's creation. It's the perfect time to make a mug of apple cider, step out onto the porch and simply revel in the amazing world that God made.
God could have chosen to make a world that stayed the same all year round, but He didn't. Even in tropical locations, the seasons change from dry to rainy. While the desert may seem to always be hot, even the nights in the desert can get cold when the seasons change.
God's creation holds amazing wonders for us to discover, but often we're too busy to notice. How many years have the mums bloomed and the leaves changed where we simply accept it as part of the norm and never take a moment to enjoy the beautiful panorama God has given us?
It's when we stop to take notice of the things God created that we get a sense of how truly awesome God is. He didn't miss any detail. He created a world that includes the elephant and the spider. He created the hummingbird and the eagle. He even made the platypus, just to keep things interesting.
David found that studying God's creation made him feel small in relation to God. He said "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?" (Psalm 8:3-4)
It was only when David realized the awesomeness of God by gazing on His creation that He was awed by the idea that God loved Him. While God doesn't want us to feel bad about ourselves, He does want us to realize how great and awesome He is.
When we take a moment with our kids to stop and enjoy God's amazing creation -- whether your trees turn red in the fall or not -- we encourage them to get a picture of how big, powerful and creative God is. The same God that made the blue whale also made the delicate petals of a rose.
So, take a moment today to bask in the beauty of God's creation. Point out the variety and detail within the things He created to your kids. Get a sense of how truly great God is and how wonderful it is that He loves us and wants a relationship with us.
Let the beauty of autumn remind you of the awesomeness of God.