The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
—Isaiah 40:8 (ESV)
One week ago our maple trees were full of color, bright reds and oranges. Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Now, only one week later, things have changed. Most of the leaves are on the ground. Change… it happens.
Not only the trees but our grass has browned and many of our flowers “melted” to the ground with a recent hard freeze. Now the picture at our home is of withered grass and faded flowers, just like Isaiah talked about over 2,500 years ago.
The cycles of seasons started soon after God created the world. The first parts of the BIG story of the Bible is how God created and then how man fell. Before the Fall of Man, there was no fall season. Life didn’t die. That applied to the whole creation. Death entered into creation as a result of the sin of man.
I need to remind myself of the BIG story regularly. Even though the Fall season is beautiful with all the colors, it is also a reminder of death. Fortunately, God established the seasons to regularly remind me of the BIG story. Spring reminds me of the salvation found in Jesus. Summer reminds me of the glory to come.
The Bible tells me these truths. There are many stories and truths in the Bible, but the BIG story is perhaps the most amazing story of all: God created, Man fell, Jesus saved, Restoration is coming. That story from God’s word stands forever. I read the story, cover-to-cover, every year.
Prayer: My God and my Creator, I am humbled thinking about the BIG story found in Your word. I am so thankful to You for seeking me out to follow Jesus. Thank You for Your forever word that tells me the stories of truth and life.