Encouragement From The Word

In a world where there are Octobers

Perhaps the most famous Canadian pastor’s wife was the late Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942), though she was not known for her marriage to The Rev. Ewen Macdonald (1870-1943) quite so well as she was for her literature.

Montgomery led a very sullen personal life, though one would never know it by reading her Anne of Green Gables stories.  (Some suggest she lived vicariously through her writing.)

Lest today’s Encouragement take a hard turn for the morose, let me say that it was a quotation from the original Anne of Green Gables story that came to mind as we mark the turning of the calendar today:

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”

Thus said Anne Shirley, the namesake heroine of Montgomery’s most famous book.

One of the great blessings of living in Canada is that we experience four very different and distinct seasons.  The shoulder seasons – spring and fall – are perhaps more stunning for their beauty than their solstitial siblings.  The beauty of deciduous trees coming into leaf, and the splendor of their changing colour, are unparalleled.

If I had to choose, though, I would always choose fall.  The crisp air, the russet maple leaves falling to the ground – though they are harbingers of the coming cold and snow, they are perhaps the most delightful harbingers God could have created.  Anne Shirley was right:  I, too, am so glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.  That quotation could almost be right from the Bible.

In reality, though, this sentiment appears in Scripture – though differently worded, to be sure.  

One of the ways God reveals himself to the world is through creation.  Theologians call it “general revelation” – the notion that seeing the beauty of the world ought to point us to the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

Depending on where you live, you might experience autumn differently than I do, living in southern Ontario.  And, of course, the colours of the falling leaves vary with temperature variations from year to year.  But, unless you live in the desert or in the arctic, there is no denying that fall is a beautiful time of year.

Take some time in the coming days and weeks to pause and soak in the beauty of the world around you.  And praise the Lord, who made it all to point to his glory.

Then, respond by giving him glory!

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display his craftsmanship” (Psalm 19.1, NLT).