Every day, while taking my girls to school, I pass this beautiful courtyard garden.
There are flowers of many kinds shouting bright pinks, yellow, and purples.
One set of rose bushes are particularly gorgeous.
They stand tall and have this magnificent pinkish mauve color.
But recently, this tall, lovely bush has been brought low.
The winds of fall, the time of seasons changing, the heavy rain…
The elements have effected this rose bush.
It no longer stands tall… in fact it lays low… pounded to the ground…
when seasons of life change, when fall comes… beauty and life remains strong
This picture is not edited.
I didn’t heighten the pink or strengthen the contrast.
This beautiful bush has fallen. It is sprawled across the garden floor, pedals landing around the mulch.
But it is still beautiful.
The pedals will continue falling off and the flowers will disappear as the bush prepares for winter and readies itself for the coming months.
Yet, it will still be beautiful.
I captured this picture on instagram and said, “Even though fall is here and life is closing in for winter, there is still beauty… Beauty in the falling, beauty in the change, beauty in the death before the growth… Beauty in the faith that life will come again #lifetruth #faith”
It will be beautiful because the dying of seasons, the dying of processes, the dying of habits are a part of personal growth.
The growth process is God’s intended design.
Winter must come.
Fall will happen.
The falling and changing and dying will happen so seasons of beauty can come again.
The beauty is in the faith, in the hope, in the knowing that beauty WILL come again.
The season will change.
The time will come when this precious bush will once again grow tall enough to support a bounty of gorgeous roses.
And this time it will be stronger, bigger, more full, more able, more capable than ever before to withstand the next storm of life.
That is beauty.
The process of growth and change and learning is beautiful.
It is life. as God planned.
As He created and molded and shaped us, He knew we would need seasons of all kinds to become the people He wanted us to be.
And He is making something beautiful… His end picture of us is much more magnificent than this rose bush.
We can trust Him, trust the process, trust the seasons…
We can bask in the knowledge that even in this, He is doing something amazing.
He is at work when we can not see Him. He is planning and doing and moving when time seems to be slipping away and our life is experiencing great change.
He is the promise that beauty and life remains in us, around us and through us.
even when we can’t see it or feel it within us. even when we face a long season of fall and winter coming at us. even then.
the beauty and life remains… and He is with us through it all.
*check out this post on being blessed with winter
“I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come. Jeremiah 29:11
“You will pass through deep waters. But I will be with you. You will pass through the rivers. But their waters will not sweep over you. You will walk through fire. But you will not be burned. The flames will not harm you. I am the Lord your God. I am the Holy One of Israel. I am the one who saves you.” Isaiah 43:2-3
“I am always with you, to the very end.” Matthew 28:20