Thursday, October 11, 2012

October Harvest

October Harvest
Reflections by the Sea © Betsy Ore Glass
October 11, 2012

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) October days bring cooler weather. The humidity is low, and the salt air seems to cling a little less. At the beach, it appears vacant sometimes with the tourists that have returned home. The sun is a little lower in the sky and everything has a warm October glow to it. Photographers and artists will love the clear blue skies of October because the grey haze of summer has left. Sunsets are vivid and rich and possess all the colors that we associate with this time of year like hues of orange, gold and red. Sweatshirts replace swimsuits. Warm soups are favored over cold salads. Squirrels outside my window are scurrying around storing acorns for winter. While the cold months of winter are ahead, there is special warmth that greets this time of year. It’s transitional. Fall door decorations appear, scattered pumpkins can be see in the fields, and rows of freshly stacked firewood are carefully placed by the back door. It is all part of the season. When we pray, we are planting seeds of faith, dreams, hopes, wishes, desires, pleas for ourselves and for others. Our faith and belief are the water and fertilizer that brings us through our daily prayers until the day of harvest when our prayers are answered. When God answers a prayer it is the greatest comfort of all. It builds our faith and strengthens our confidence that we are being heard. We want to tell everyone what wonderful thing God has done for us. It reminds us that God is in control and that He is with us, always overseeing our needs. We are never forgotten. We are not alone. Think about the times in your life when God harvested your prayers and they manifested right in front of you. When He brought help, or healing or guidance. When that one thing that you had prayed so hard for happened. When we think of all that God has already done for us, it reminds us of the blessings we have received. Take time to be grateful in the midst of this abundant time of year.

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