Looking up at the limbs of the autumn trees whose leaves have mostly fallen I see the gray sky with wispy white clouds reflecting the last of the sunset. I watch the remaining leaves still holding to the limb waiting for the wind to finally separate them from the life they have always known. Thoughts of my past come to my mind. They are not the thoughts of anger and regret. They are no longer filled with deep emotion, but calm like the leaves above me. I am surprised at the peace in the memories that once held such pain. Where self-pity fed and shame had ruled, I find a gentle quiet.
A season in my life has passed. God has done what He said He would. As I have trusted in His Word, He has given me that peace that surpasses understanding. It now guards my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7) So we do not lose heart. Though the outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
My life is in Him, not in my past. I can let go. I can surrender to the season trusting that His life abides in me. We have a future to prepare for. Winter, Summer and Spring will bring their challenges, their beauty and their change. I will remain in Him. I will not fear the changes because He is with me. He has conquered my past and made my heart glad. I can look to the future and smile. (Proverbs 31:25)