October is finally here, giving birth to fall! I love this time of year—cooler weather, less humidity, and people spending more time outdoors. God made seasons for all of our needs, giving us knowledge of when to plant and reap. Instinct plays the greatest role in our survival—where to go, what to do, how to prepare and when. Every molecule in our body follows instinct. Who gives instinct? God! The One who created us.
When I was young, schools dismissed two weeks every fall so students could help farmers get cotton in before winter. With a cotton sack strapped to my shoulders I joined others in the cotton patch. We didn’t “pick cotton.” We pulled bolls. One season, I hadn’t gotten very far on my row when I heard chirping overhead. I looked up and saw a large flock of geese. I was told “they’re flying south for winter.” It was a clear day and I wondered, “Why so early?”
Later I learned that birds leave their habitats early. Instinct tells them when to leave and when to return. Prior to winter, animals grow thicker fur, grizzly bears eat more and fatten up so they can hibernate, and squirrels gather nuts to store food.
I recently read an article about our state butterfly, the Monarch. They travel through central Texas twice annually, going as far south as Mexico City. The first generation en-route lives six to eight weeks, the same with the second and third. Only the fourth generation reaches their destination. Females lay eggs, breeding offspring during their brief sojourn before returning home.
Since the beginning of time, one generation succeeds another and so on. How many more generations will there be? Only God knows. His Word tells us in Matthew 24:36—“no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angles in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father Knows.”
Just as the animals prepare for winter, we are preparing for our final destination in heaven. And just as birds rely on instinct to get to their destination, we rely on faith. Paul reminds us of God’s promise in 2 Corinthians 5:1. “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”
As countless others have left before me, someday I too will leave this tent. I won’t be waiting for my favorite season. The best season of all time awaits me!
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