Times of Intensity
What a mosaic of colors we’ve seen this year. The deep reds and bright golds scattered among the green is simply vibrant. Our older trees are just getting their fall colors, while our young trees have dropped their leaves already. That flash of intense color doesn’t linger. Still, I find myself pursuing it this time of year. There are such treasures around town right now, if you look for them.
Some seasons of our lives resemble the foliage – intense, but brief. We’re wired to handle intensity, because we’re resilient creatures. We aren’t as well equipped to handle the intensity that stretches long. We may scale the summit, but we don’t live there. We may endure the weeping for a night, but we need the joy that comes in the morning.
What happens to us in the intensity? Reshaping, remolding, transformation.
What happens to us if the intensity stretches long? We squirm. We suspect that this may not be a passage at all, but a shifting of the landscape. Either we despair or we adjust. Allowing despair robs us of hope, whereas adapting is a response to the Spirit of God within us.
Choose the Spirit today. Even in the intensity, God signals the change, directs its course, and provides for us brilliantly. Have faith, dear friends. God will lead you out of your intensity when it is time to move. “He himself has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’” (Hebrews 13:5)