I tried to resist. Honest, I did. But the next thing I knew I had dragged boxes, bags, and tangles of vines and dried fruit into my living room. It was Fall in my mind, which meant pumpkins, sunflowers, & bittersweet for starters.
Someone should have alerted the weather station as to my intentions. They seemed to think it was still summer and predicted high temperatures in the 90’s. I thought that rude. Not to mention stressful for my porch decor. Have you ever seen a scarecrow sweat? Sad. It wilts his straw. How about a pumpkin blister up in sun spots? Scary. Or have you smelled fried sunflowers? Don’t. Nasty.
I Don’t Like to Wait
I’m not a good “wait” girl. Never have been. I’m in a hurry to dig out sweaters, flannel shirts, and cocoa. It just seems right once I see a single leaf turn colors to announce autumn to the neighborhood. It is the most abbreviated season, don’t you think? We need to extend it. Besides I’m almost certain I saw a fly-by crow in a hoodie.
Impatience adds to our stress. And I’m pretty sure with the way things have been going none of us need that. So if I could suggest a September tip it would be—Breathe. Breathing, deep breathing, improves mental acuity, and it can help lower not only our blood pressure but the tension in our shoulders and the rubber bands in our jaw. And breathing exercises help us wait.
What Scripture Says
The Scripture uses the word “wait” repeatedly. Why do you think that is? Yep, because we forget. Waiting can be sacred work, for on the other side of wait, we find patience, hope, and most important God’s palpable presence.
“Wait I say on the Lord.”
P.S. There’s a reason pumpkins don’t grow on trees. Imagine one of those falling on your head, you’d be seeing candy corn till Spring. But listen, when the leaves turn the color of pumpkins, reach for the rafters, pull down your orange sweatshirt, and skip on over to the mill for cider and doughnuts!