Tuesday, October 27, 2015

by Tiffany Nussbaum

The aroma of apple spice and pumpkin flavored candles through the house, a pumpkin spice latte in your hand, getting out the scarves and boots, making memories around bonfires, or the beautiful colors of the leaves as the trees change, make fall one of the best seasons ever! Fall is a form of perfection in many ways and is a relaxing season! Just take all of it in because before you know it, winter will soon be appearing! While fall zooms by really quickly, let’s just stop and think of some valuable things that this wonderful season can teach us! A lot of the time we are focused on so many things that we don’t realize the learning moments that can strengthen us spiritually!

First of all, let’s look at bonfires—there is no better way to spend a chilly night than being wrapped up in a blanket with hot chocolate cradled in your hand listening to classical music in the background! These nights are the best nights of fall! Maybe sitting in a circle of friends, making up ghost stories, singing hymns, or even having Bible studies around the low glow of the fire encouraging each other! Bonfires remind me that the atmosphere around us is pitch dark when we light the match for the fire; the world is a pitch dark place in need of a spark of light of Christ to lead them to that greater Light. We are commanded to be that light, to go out into the darkness like that bonfire! Matthew 5:14 “Ye are the light of the world..” Yes, we may dim at times, but when that happens we add more wood (in our case more spiritual guidance or encouragement in the form of friends, family, pastors, teachers, the Bible), and we start lighting up for God again. This world gets darker, but with God’s help, guidance, and strength we will be able to get brighter and be used for His glory!  We have to be willing though! Take that first leap of faith…even if you are unsure of the first couple steps Have faith.  Seek Him. If you fall, God is right there to catch you and help you try again. The world will run after you to try to get you down and extinguish your light, but isn’t it nice to know that we can run to God where He will greet us with outstretched arms and help us shine brightly for Him?!

Now think about the changing trees—don’t you love walking through winding paths in woods and getting lost by the colors of those leaves and thinking how marvelous God is for creating them! Just like trees change, people change too! Sometimes that change is for the better and it creates a beautiful outcome like the colors of the leaves. People may get discouraged thinking that fall is a season of things dying, and they don’t see any beauty in it! Don’t think of it dying, but think of it changing. It will come back in the spring with new leaves and a new beginning! Maybe we need to do some changing in our lives by getting rid of things that keep us from changing and growing in Christ. You may think that you are just dying, but the outcome will be a beautiful one as you walk closer to God. Just let go of your fear, and you will see a difference! Letting go can be so difficult, but embrace the change, knowing He is with you! Or maybe you feel dead physically or spiritually like the tree that has lost all of its leaves. Dive into the Word, and let God guide your footsteps and your life! You will start feeling a change when you allow Him to work in your life! That beautiful change will be coming soon… be patient. A new season is around the next corner!

Pumpkins are another sign of fall…whether pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, pumpkin carvings, or decorations. Fall wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins! We also wouldn’t be the same without God carving and molding us like we do the pumpkins! Some people may get bitter at God for allowing certain circumstances in their life, but what they need to realize is this…God is “carving” them in that area for a specific reason! God doesn’t carve our live just for fun, but because we need to learn something valuable. When He is done we will behold his masterpiece! Don’t doubt Him; have faith! Trust God and know that He has a reason. How true is this following little quote that I came across?

“How is being a Christian like a pumpkin? God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stiff. He removes the seeds of doubt, greed, etc. and then he carves you a new smiling face and puts a light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.”

So let’s be aware that we can learn valuable lessons from even the smallest things in life. Allow God to carve and change us to be a bright light for Him to the world around us! And let’s not forget to enjoy the beautiful fall season He has given us!


Tiffany Nussbaum is from Indiana (the state). Her dad and Vickibeth's dad have been best friends for over 30 years! The two families are more like family than friends and have enjoyed years of fellowship and fun. Tiffany graduated in 2015 and plans to attend Pensacola Christian College in the future. When she's not working or spending time with her sister, she's helping her mom wrangle in her two younger brothers. Tiffany has a heart for Jesus and desires to serve Him with her life.

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