“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
As fall paves the way for the transition of the earth into its wintry rest, displaying trees without their leafy coverage or exposing barren spaces where colorful flowers once bloomed; the “falling back” of time and the rapidly approaching holiday season act as catalysts for many individuals to fall into a wintry state of mind leading to loneliness, depression or an emotional decline.
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
There are many wonderful steps that we can take to counteract falling into an abyss of sadness:
- Reconnect with God through praise: prayer, studying the Bible, singing, and listening to music.
- Use your five senses to explore nature: Leave your home and explore the Scenes of Nature reflecting the change of the seasons from summer to fall which provide us with beautiful and vibrant shades of oranges, burgundies, yellows, and greens masterfully displayed by God the Creator. Browse the internet for beautiful pictures that others have shared of various landscapes on pinterest.com.
- Simmering cinnamon sticks or orange peels bring in the warmth of wonderful aromas into your home.
- Purchase a plant or seeds for growing aromatic herbs such as lavender, lemongrass, and rosemary.
- Begin a new hobby or develop a new skill; take your time to identify something that you have a passion for and will have fun doing for a very long time.
- Take a planned day off–not to clean your home–but to research for supplies to jumpstart your new-found hobby. Check out the FB Marketplace and Buy, Sell, Trade pages, you may be surprised at the free to cheap prices on very good items.
- Clear out clutter; donate to churches and non-profit organizations. There are many individuals in need.
- If you are an artist, crafter, or reader of books, contact a Nursing Home or Assisted Living’s Activity Director to read, teach a one-hour class or to donate supplies.
- Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or other community organizations are looking for volunteers.
- Finally, focus on the wonderful memories of the joy that your missing family members or friends brought into your life and thank God for the blessing of having them even if it was only for a season.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT
Our lives are a precious gift from God! Fear Not! God has promised to take care of us in every time and season in our lives. Cry when necessary, just remember that if we ask God, He will take away the pain:
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Bible Readings: Ecclesiastes 3, Psalm 23
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for never leaving us alone. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and shortcomings. We pray for those who are grieving over the loss of loved ones, those who are in unhealthy situations, and for those who are feeling the sting of loneliness. Thank you for creating and loving us in spite of our inability to recognize your compassion, your grace, and your mercy. We pray for daily remembrance of the sacrificial gift of your Son, Jesus who died that we may be redeemed from our sins. We are thankful that Jesus is alive and is acting as our Intercessor in heaven. We ask you to heal our broken hearts, and for us to reflect on the plans that you have for us. You have promised to never leave us or forsake us. We pray for hope, faith, and trust in you regardless of our circumstances. Thank you for loving us. We ask this prayer for comfort and to take away our pain in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019