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Fragrance of Fall: Stop and Smell the Apples

by Evelyn Lang

Autumn has always been a favorite time of the year for me. As a little girl, I would love to jump in a pile of leaves that were freshly raked. Now I have pictures of my grandchildren jumping in the piles their Dad rakes for them. As soon as the hint of fall arrives in the air, my heart is filled with joy.

I’ve always loved the “look” of fall - the bright colors as the leaves change, the apples, gourds and especially the pumpkins. When my children were young, we would drive about an hour to a beautiful farm for apple and pumpkin picking. We would get on a hay wagon and sit in the sweet smelling hay as we would ride to the apple orchard. We would stop at each of our favorite varieties, the smell of ripe apples making us hungry for one. Then we’d hop back on the wagon to visit the pumpkin patch. We’d search and search to find the perfect one. I looked forward to this as much as the children. It gave me the excuse to be carefree as a child again – even for a short while.

It could be my imagination, but life seemed to move slower back then. No cell phones or computers to distract us from what’s really important – making memories and giving our full attention to our loved ones. Today most people, me included, are hurrying here and there every minute. There’s so much to do all the time that we don’t take the time to notice the beauty that God created all around us. There’s no time to really relax, take it all in and smell the apples.

The Lord put so much beauty on this earth for us to enjoy. I wonder how He feels when we take it so much for granted that we don’t even notice. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older that I’m starting to appreciate everything around me more. It’s not because I’m becoming wiser with age. I think it’s more of just having my perceptions changed. I’m realizing that all of a sudden - I notice. I used to be more unobservant, however, that’s slowly changing. It amazes me how God is directing my attention to His perfection around me more often. I wait with anticipation for my daisy plant to bloom in the fall. I watch as each bud gets larger. I notice with excitement a lone Black-Eyed Susan that the rabbit decided not to eat and left for me to enjoy.

When our children get really wound up, we need to give them a “time out.” I think that God loves to give His children a special “time-out” from our busy schedules to take time to smell the apples. It’s a moment of calm, a minute to see and breathe in His wonder of creation. I drive by a farm that has acres of sunflowers in bloom. I see people with their cameras stopping to take pictures. It’s such a beautiful sight it causes me to break out in a wide grin as I drive by. You are amazing, Lord! It’s a moment of calm in a stress filled world.

I have a friend who is a photographer. She’s very gifted and captures nature in a special way. It’s as though she sees God’s creation through His eyes. Then she finds just the right scripture for that image. I want to look and truly “see” rather than race through life without noticing God’s bounty. It saddens me and makes me feel like I’ve lost something valuable that can’t be given back when I don’t take notice and make the most of the season.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss it. I want to take time to smell the apples!

Evelyn Lang is the author of "Lessons I Learned from the Lord," published by Creation House. Her passion is for people to know of God's great love, to learn to hear His voice, and to be able to experience God's freedom. For more information, visit her website at: www.evelynlangbooks.com.
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