This is the first week of October, and that means we have reached a tipping point when it comes to all that is “Fall”. October is the month when real change can be felt and seen all around us. It’s the time when the last warm days of the year are nearly gone, and the sun begins a seasonal shift that can’t be missed. It takes on a paler, yellow color, and sinks faster into the west. Its warmth begins to fade as it angles lower in the Autumn sky. It means longer, damper nights, and shorter cooler days, and this causes us to bundle up against the bluster of a cutting north wind. It comes with crisp, clear mornings where a brilliant blue sky is etched by swirls of moisture that silently rise from the cooling landscape.
October is a month of nostalgia and memories that are framed in frost, and an orange blanket of quietly falling leaves. It is the smell of wood smoke in the air and the sight of yellow, dried corn stalks neatly stacked in fields. It is pumpkin and apple pies cooling on the counter in an oven-warmed kitchen. It is filled with the smell of steaming spiced cider in large mugs, and the sound of shotgun blasts echoing in the distance. It is the haunting call of Canadian geese high overhead, and the tapping of cold rain, falling heavy from a dark, rugged sky. It is splashes of liquid color, painted across the hillsides, that fill our eyes with more than we can take in.
Walking in October country is a trip into the past, and a feast of smells and sights in the present. More than that, it is overflowing with the promise of wonderful things that are yet to come. There will be family gatherings around a Thanksgiving table, and fresh venison stew slow-cooked into a rich, mouth-watering feast. There will be the warmth of an evening fire, where stories are told, life is savored, memories are made and God’s abundant blessings fill the air. It is the time when we will consider, love, and learn from those we have met, and those who have gone to be with the Lord. Fall, and especially the month of October, draws us into a very different place. It’s a reality check of life as we know it, and a sounding-board for the hope that lives within us.
God calls all of us to walk with Him in our October country. Here is where we adjust our lives to Him, and become conformed into His amazing image. To do this, we must make a choice to fix our mind and eyes on things above, and not on the things of this world. We have to lift our vision above the chaos and pain that can be all around us. Until we take that step, we will struggle and fail, and get up again only to fail once more. Our image of ourselves will be tainted and stained by all we are not. When we walk in October country with the Lord, He guides us into the truth of who we really are, and who He is helping us to become.
The warmth and fire of His all-consuming love is the only thing that can take away the chilling wind of living in this fallen world. He removes the sting of disappointment and the gripping pain of rejection that we all encounter in this life. He alone gives us hope. He alone satisfies our hunger. He alone brings us peace. Because of Him we can draw in the delightful aromas of Heaven, and this is where we find rest and peace for our weary soul.
Let me invite you today to take a walk with the Lord in October Country. It is a wonderful place of heavenly sights and sounds, where you will be embraced and warmed by the fire of Father’s Love. This is where your soul has longed to be, but you did not know it. This is the only place you will discover who you were meant to be. The hills of this place are painted by the brush strokes of God. They are washed with colors no human eye can see, and they are crafted to perfection, so you can climb them and be changed by His joy over you.
If you feel the season changing, then God is calling you to walk with Him. He is asking you to stop going it alone, come stand beside Him and trust Him. When Jesus is guiding your life, He will help you discover the undiscovered land within. He will bring you to a place of such peace that all struggles will stop. He will bring you to a place of fresh strength so that your weakness is no more. He will bring you a place of pure love where nothing can ever harm you again. Once you walk like this with the Lord, you will never be the same. My hope is that you are finally ready to take His hand, find healing and walk with Him through the majestic vistas of your October country.