When the flowers first begin to bloom and baby birds are hatching, we praise spring for the new beginnings it brings – that fresh start. But today as that cool breeze blows and the leaves gracefully fall to the ground… can we just stop and praise Jesus for endings too? Closing the book is such a satisfying feeling, isn’t it? It’s a relief. It’s liberation. It was Jesus who said “It is finished.” While the work He finished here on Earth was more than we could ever set out to do, this fall let’s celebrate every ending chapter no matter how many pages it took.
Did you finish potty training your child? Hallelujah! Did you finish a double shift at work? Praise! Did you finish your treatment? Thank you, Jesus! You have set out to do something and it is finished. That work is behind you.
So thank you, God, for fall and for feeling finished with this chapter. When the sun is set you can look back and be thankful for the experience. Thank you for the bounty and harvest of wisdom that it brought. Bask in that sense of completion. When you look up at those red and orange leaves that autumn inevitably brings, remember there is beauty in the ending.
As this fall rolls in, what are you relieved to be finished with? Or perhaps, what is God calling you to say good bye to? Is it a person? A certain place? Your job? Or maybe a habit? It’s not to say endings are easy but they’re so essential in this life. We need endings. After all, they are what lead to those new beginnings.
Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for He has given you the autumn rains because He is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before. – Joel 2:23