He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. ~Daniel 2:21
The first day of fall here in Georgia is usually marked by the calendar only. Warm summer temperatures are known to linger on through October, not without a chillier day here and there, but the invitation to break out the warm and cozy sweaters is a long time coming.
Not this year!
Precisely on the advent of autumn, the day begins in the 70s. It is cloudy and humid, typical of summer weather this time of year. Then, out of the blue, a cold front descends, heralded by brisk and gusty winds that drive rain before it with urgency. I step outside in my short sleeves to listen to my wind chimes ringing in the playful breeze. Ahh! This is wonderful!
I return to our deck an hour later, still in my summer garb. WHAT??? I jump back inside and scramble for my jacket. In sixty minutes' time, the temperature has plummeted from a balmy 74 to a chilly 63 degrees! Fall arrives with a precision I've never before experienced, and I'm truly astonished.
But should I be surprised?
It is God alone who changes the times and the seasons as He sees fit. He doesn't go by human calendars or expectations. Yet, I believe that the Lord takes great pleasure in delighting His children with the unexpected, the unprecedented, the unpredictable.
We are reminded, once again, that God is the One in control, always and everywhere. And in all humility, we should worship and praise Him for all the good things He has done, and all He will bless us with in the future.
So, in my long sleeves and comfy sweater, I welcome fall with warm and open arms, just as God's arms are ever open to embrace us.