There is a time for everything,
    and everything on earth has its special season.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NCV)

Do you remember years ago when we had our colors done? The purpose was to find colors to accent hair, skin, and eye color to their best advantage when choosing something to wear. You were given fabric samples which I carefully cut and encased in a leather-type wallet that I think was supposed to be used for pictures or credit cards. I had mine filled with colors swatches and carried it in my purse at all times. You never knew when you might need it.

The colorist described me as a “Spring” with “Fall” my secondary option. I was surprised thinking it would be the reverse but in the end, it gave me more options. If you had known me before this appraisal, you would have seen the Fall colors throughout my house and clothing picks. They are warm, comfortable colors…orange, gold, olive, brown, rust…the colors you currently find in the stores for Fall and are making me happy today.

Another reason for happiness is that it’s pumpkin time–pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie–to name a few. I love going to Trader Joe’s and bringing home all of their seasonal products. Mark just rolls his eyes.

We have not lived through a comfortable season…now going on two seasons of this year with more to go. This pandemic has turned life upside down. There are sayings that give me hope: nothing lasts forever, it came to pass, you never go back but always forward, one step at a time, a new normal, a vaccine is coming, to name a few. It has pushed us past our comfort zone to accept new challenges and new ways to do things.

We are going to start in-person Bible Study this week with only four at a table (normally double that) with masks. If you had told me six months ago that we would be  happy to be able to do this, I would have told you that were nuts. But I’m overjoyed that we can begin.

Remember…Noah and his family walked off the ark to dry ground and something brand new. They had a choice — to accept or to complain. This is a new season for each of us, one we have never encountered before. What new thing can you do to continue to live the life God has planned for you? How can you make this a special season?