I received a card in the mail yesterday from a friend in Ohio. When I opened it I got the sweetest surprise. Two Autumn leaves, one brown and one red, fell out. I just smiled at her insightfulness. I have always missed Tennessee Autumn! The brilliant colors are forever etched in my memory. I imagined the beautiful red, orange, yellow and brown leaves of the Smokey Mountains. Oh how I long to behold their beauty.
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year. I remember the crisp mornings, bonfires and roasted marshmallows, picnics by the river with roasted hotdogs, friends and laughter, hay rides, scare crows and carved pumpkins, bobbing for apples, pumpkin pies, & hot cocoa. Nostalgic memories float through my mind & for a moment I allow them.
And then I remember the words of Jesus “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” It has been many years since I have enjoyed a Tennessee Autumn. And although I have fond memories, I have no regrets. Walking with Jesus has by far been the best “season” of my life.