It is as if all of nature heaves a relived sigh to have made it beyond the sweat of summer, and in that moment, however fleeting, it draws strength for the silent winter ahead.
Such are the moments of spiritual refreshing. The season of toil can offer few pleasures. It's a sweaty, robust place that uses up all of the water of the Spirit it receives. At other times, the summer of our spirit hems us in. We isolate in the semi-comfort of the air-conditioned, TV-watching place where we merely pass time. But in the spiritual fall, we exit the confines of both busyness and laziness and relish rejuvenation. We enjoy the harvest of our labors, or we pick up the energy to live life rather than merely observe its fleeting passage. It's a time of ownership and possibilities.
Such is the nature of fall, and I, like the life I observe all around me, relish its splendor. The most meaningful aspect of this season is that I find the truth of this part of Isaiah 30:10 (NLT) "Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength." There is true replenishment in God.
Unlike the sporadic nature of southern cool breezes, the refreshing "fix it" that God's presence brings can be enjoyed any season of the year!