Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons. ~Jim Bishop
A remarkable visual of what makes me love autumn – besides pumpkins, cool weather, roasted marshmallows, hot apple cider, caramel apples with peanuts – Have you heard this before?? Sorry! This picture was taken a couple of years ago at the Farmer’s Market. Fresh apples and fresh pecans, so many wonderful things to find at the Farmer’s Market, Mums bursting open with colors most radiant. A perfect place to be on a fresh autumn day!
Another great place to enjoy is your prayer-closet:
“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me” (Psalm 63:1-8, NAS).
In his book, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, John Piper wrote about seeking the Lord:
The deepest longing of the human heart is to know and enjoy the glory of God. We were made for this. “Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth . . . whom I created for My glory” (Isaiah 43:6-7). [Did you catch that? Created FOR MY GLORY] To see it, to savor it, and to show it—that is why we exist. . . . We were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered. The sun of God’s glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. And when it does, all the planets of our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center. We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding the splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world. But it is not the Christian Gospel. . . . The Christian Gospel is about “the glory of Christ,” not about me. And when it is–in some measure—about me, it is not about my being made much of by God, but about God mercifully enabling me to enjoy making much of him forever.”
God, you alone quench our thirsty souls. As we live in this dry and weary land, we will continually seek your face. We long to see your power and glory in our lives because your lovingkindness is better than life. Therefore, we will praise you with our lips as our thoughts are saturated with you. Lord, please continue to uphold us; be our help from those who seek to destroy our lives. For the glory of your name we pray. Amen. (Holman Old Testament Commentary)