Fall is probably my favorite time of year: the cooler weather, the earthy smells, the vibrant colors. But it is difficult at times for me to reconcile that such a beautiful season is really a season of death; all around me things are dying.
But then I read the verses in Isaiah 61:1-3. He gives beauty for ashes. Only the Creator, the Giver of Life, the Resurrection could turn death into something so radiantly beautiful, so picturesque. Even as nature groans under its curse, the Lord, who has subdued all things to Himself, crafts something spectacular.
What a hope for you and I! Our own curse of sin thwarts us with trials, suffering, and ultimately death. And yet even in the midst of daily misery, there is beauty. From the pains of labor come new life. From the toils of the soil come the harvest. From death in the flesh comes life in the spirit, life abundant!
Our God is good. Take a moment to see it, to breath it, to taste it—His goodness surrounds us, even during the seasons of life where His presence seems most unlikely.
[God] who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. (Romans 4:17, ESV)