This past week was my birthday “week” (so affectionately named by my LifeWay Worship team). And, like most parents, when the last of the three children is a senior in high school, it’s only normal to start thinking about how fast time has flown.
So here I am, staring down another turn of the calendar, and I just keep thinking about all the analogies I’ve heard about time. Right now, there’s one in particular that keeps coming to mind: Life is like the four seasons – spring, summer, fall and winter.
I’ve always loved fall! Maybe, it’s because it’s my birthday season. Or maybe it’s because it’s the season for baseball playoffs and football. But most likely, it’s because of how beautiful everything looks in the fall. Living in Middle Tennessee this time of year gives me the opportunity to see all the landscapes explode with the beautiful colors of fall. I love it.
Clearly, I’ve done a little thinking about this.
You see, if I live to be 80, then, right now, I am approaching the fall of my life. It might sound a little morbid, but really, fall is not so bad. It’s because in this time of year – and hopefully in this time of my life – the chloroform that dominated the color of the leaves is now fading, and the brilliant colors that have truly been there all along, just not seen, are now starting to show…giving everyone a magnificent landscape to enjoy.
Here’s the thing: I’d like to think the years of past experience have done an adequate job of ridding me of the original color of myself. And now, perhaps, the beauty from the colors of my Savior are beginning to show.
I know I had a lot of my own chloroform when I started out – maybe more than most; and the process to remove it from my life is still very much in my Father’s hands. Some days the green just comes to the top. But now, staring down the rest of this temporary journey through life on earth, I have a new hope: In this next season, I hope Jesus will be seen in His brightest colors yet; that the green of pride and self interest have faded enough to reveal just how stunning the beauty of Christ really is in my life.
So instead of looking back on the spring and summer of my time on earth with nostalgia or looking forward to the coming winter season with dread and fear, I want to live today – the now – praying the brilliance of my Lord will be on display in this season.
This is the time of my life.
Director, LifeWay Worship