The trees are a blaze with deep hues of red, orange and yellow giving competition to the beautiful sunsets of October.
The weather is much cooler than the days of summer and the squirrels and chipmunks can be seen scampering about as they gather and store up food in preparation for the wintery hibernation ahead.
Soon the trees will lose their leaves and stand stark in the grip of an icy, cold slumber but for now they stood tall and proud, beautifully displayed in a landscape portrait that could only have been painted by the hand of God.
It is fall season and it is turkey, stuffing and gravy time!!!!
My blog post happens to coincide with our (Canadian) thanksgiving and I wrestled a bit with how I would pay tribute to this significant holiday.
So, I prayed.
Then while at work several nights ago, I spent some time in conversation with a beautiful Christian co-worker, who shared a smidgen of her life with me. Her story of God's provision, direction and faithfulness brought tears to my eyes and sent goosebumps all over my body.
How wonderful it is, not only to see God's goodness, but more so to see and hear the joyful praise of His children as He blesses our lives.
It encourages us and plant seeds of hope in the hearts of those who have brought their petitions before the Lord and have yet to get an answer.
As my work mate ended our conversation and turned to walk away, she encouraged me to read Psalm 23 and 21. Quite familiar with Psalm 23 I decided to read the latter. I'm so glad I did. It stirred my heart enough for me to share it with you and pray it blesses your heart too.
Psalm 21 King David's thanksgiving to God
The king rejoices in your strength, Lord. How great is his joy in the victories you give!
You have granted him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.
You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.
He asked you for life and you gave it to him - length of days, for ever and ever.
Through the victories you gave, his glory is great; you have bestowed on him splendor
Surely you have granted him unending blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most high he will not be shaken.
Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies; your right hand will seize your foes.
When you appear for battle, you will burn them up as in a blazing furnace.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath, and his fire will consume them.
You will destroy their descendants from the earth, their posterity from mankind.
Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.
You will make them turn their backs when you aim at them with drawn bow.
Be exalted in your strength, Lord; we will sing and praise your might.
Could you feel David's excitement as you read his psalm?
Did you picture him dancing before the Lord?
David was fully aware his victory did not come by mere human strength or military strategy but at the hand of God and he was careful to take no praise for himself or in anything he did. Instead, he recognized that only his faith and trust in God's promises brought him much more than he had asked.
Dear friends, may we be like King David.
May we be lit with excitement and joy and have hearts of gratitude as we too celebrate God's faithfulness.