It’s September and many schools are now in session. Whether the students will learn via the internet or in school classes, its an exciting time for them. It’s been an extremely long spring break for most, having been in a state of suspended animation. They have been longing for face to face contact and re-establishing old friendships.
It’s September and the changing of seasons is beginning to show itself in nature. Bales of hay now fill fields where grain used to grow or in corn fields that have been plowed over for the winter – fodder for the animals to sustain them through the shorter days ahead. Leaves begin to change colors and God’s pallet is filled with the most amazing hues.
It’s September and the squirrels are shaking the branches of the black walnut tree outside our window. Some are hidden for future use. Some are placed in semi-perfect view for the next day. When they tire of cracking through the tough outer skin, they tend to raid the bird feeder for more immediate satisfaction. Flocks of birds are gathering and changing their flight pattern to the south. Flowers are showing off right now as if expressing their last hurrah before they return to the earth.
It’s September and as we age, we also realize that the winter of our lives is getting closer each day – that soon our journey on earth will end and we will rest eternally in God’s own hands. That should bring us great comfort, but death still seems ominous, because it indicates an ending to many of us.
It’s September and in this season, we experience more physical issues. Falls occur because of vertigo or instability. Muscles atrophy because of lack of exercise. Bodies break down from the inside out. Memory is dulled somewhat and the things that happened only moments ago get lost, as memories of years gone by are as vivid as if they were happening right now.
It’s September and from the onset, we Minnesotans start to think of winter snow and frigid temperatures instead of living in the moment. Maybe God gives us these changes in seasons so that we take more than just a minute to enjoy them.
It’s September. Live it.