Every season reflects a God message giving a visible help in understanding things of the spirit. The fall season pictures what I call stripping. The leaves are falling, the flowers dry up and shed their beauty, the grass turns brown. We are stripped of the beauty in nature. Winter is on the way!

Sometimes we go through stripping. This happened to me with the January 1 death of my husband of 57 years. The tree of my life has seemed bare and I wonder if anything will blossom again for me.

After nine months of grieving, which started to consume me, I stood over his grave and asked the Lord to bury my grief. I relinquished it and asked Him to help me go on and fulfill what He has for me to do with the rest of my life. That does not mean I don’t miss my husband’s companionship.

The stripping you are going through may be of habits, broken relationships, failed ministry expectations, disappointments of various sorts. You can relate to the stripping we see all around us as the foliage falls to the ground. Will life ever bloom again?

Take comfort in the verse, “For behold, the winter is past, the rain is over, and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land. “Song of Solmon” 23:11-12 Amp.

© Peggy Park

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