Lo! I am come to autumn, When all the leaves are gold; Grey hairs and
golden leaves cry out The year and I are old.
In youth I sought the prince of men, Captain in cosmic wars, Our Titan,
even the weeds would show Defiant, to the stars.
But now a great thing in the street Seems any human nod, Where shift
in strange democracy The million masks of God.
In youth I sought the golden flower Hidden in wood or wold,
But I am come to autumn, When all the leaves are gold.
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith) (2004-04-01). The Wild Knight and Other
Poems (pp. 17-18). Public Domain Books. Kindle Edition.
I always thought it poignant how the progression of seasons are drawn in sharp parallel to the seasons of our life. Of all the seasons, I find Autumn the most rich and starkly beautiful. The only thing missing is rain. A soaking rain with leaves plastered around our world randomly makes it seem as a fingerpainted work of art.
Yes, Autumn is when all the leaves are gold. We only hope to embrace the changes we face as the turning of a chapter of our lives. For, when God moves you... the page is always turned to something more beautiful! As such, Autumn is like an open doorway into the best the future has to offer. I love the Autumn!
Isaiah 6:13 "But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and
shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance is in them, when
they cast their leaves: so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof."
This verse speaks of an oak tree losing its leaves, yet it still has its essence within itself. And, when the Spring comes, the tender shoots spring out of the branches; new leaves which were there all along inside the Oak, and would never have been seen if the old had not fallen away.
In the New King James, it translates the verse to say that the tree is actually chopped down and the tree sprouts anew. But, this is a mistake. It translates the word "matstsebeth" as trunk instead of substance. As you can see, the word means: something stationary, i.e. a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree:--pillar, substance. This refers to that which is of value inside the tree, the seed. Stock means the basic stored life in this verse... like soup stock.
John the Beloved said in 1 John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." This is the same idea, that we have God's seed within us and it will continue to grow.
Don't think that you have been chopped down. No, the leaves are only falling away so that you will see your new beauty just months from now. Let the winds blow. Let the rain fall. The stuff that you are made of will spring forth and you will see a new thing come to pass in your life.