Autumn’s Aroma

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Today the temperature says summer but the aroma says autumn.  Though it’s unseasonably warm, the air is fall-scent infused. I soak in the sweet, musty smell of fading flowers mingled with sun-drenched leaves and pine windfall baking in the hot sun. It’s the smell that takes me back to jumping in leaf piles and making playhouses from fall’s litter.

My garden says it’s autumn, too. I’ve harvested and preserved more than we can possibly use in a year… and given a great deal more away. My string beans are finally strung out. My cucumber vines are in a pickle. And my sweet corn is earless. Only my cold-weather vegies are still cranking out crops. Now I look forward to putting up the fall fruits: apples, grapes and cranberries.

These days my body agrees autumn has arrived. It would be an overstatement to say I feel old, but I certainly don’t feel young anymore. My energy level is falling with the leaves. My memory is decaying with the windfall. And my body is fading with the flowers. My only hope is in knowing God has preserved my soul.

Our culture makes getting older out to be some kind of cruel curse. Marketers make millions on products purported to preserve youthfulness. Fitness freaks try to dupe death by always eating and exercising just right.  This nation is preoccupied with trying to cheat time… and people get sucked into it. Eating right, exercising and staying young at heart are all good things, but make no mistake about it, aging and death are inescapable.

I’ve never viewed getting older as a bad thing, just a different thing. I relish the good and accept the not-so-good in every season of the year. Likewise, I am relishing the good in this season of my life, and learning to accept the challenges. It’s much different than the carefree springtime of my childhood or the adventure-filled summer of my young adulthood. But I’m enjoying the fruits of my earlier years of labor, and the autumn aroma of security in Christ. “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NIV)

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Johannah Daniel

Johanna Daniel resides on a small farm in Wisconsin with her husband and four children. She has a great love for the outdoors and enjoys photography and whitewater paddling in her spare time. Through her love of creation, she has learned a great deal about who God is and what He has done for those who love Him. These are the insights she passes on in her blog, hoping they will encourage and teach others.

3 thoughts on “Autumn’s Aroma”

  1. This post was so encouraging! Autumn is my favorite time of year so I was ready to read an autumn post or possibly a poem. What a pleasant surprise to find you tied this into our culture’s obsession with staying young. Getting older is inevitable. It helps to embrace it with the wisdom that God gives us with those wrinkles (wink, wink!).
    Blessings to you!

  2. Love this: “I relish the good and accept the not-so-good in every season of the year. Likewise, I am relishing the good in this season of my life, and learning to accept the challenges.” Somehow, it’s more difficult to accept the ‘good’ of aging than the ‘good’ of each season. Maybe because the seasons return while my youth is gone forever. But, like you, I’m learning to accept it.
    Beautiful reflection, as usual. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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