Really, how can anyone not LOVE the beautiful colors, the crunch of Fall leaves, and the cool crisp air? The harvest apples and everything squash? Pulling out your “warm cozies” from the back of your closet? Hayrides and pumpkin patches? Delicious baked apple muffins and pumpkin bread? The fresh smell of rain and the warmth of the fire?
But with October comes Halloween. I can’t take my kids anywhere without seeing witches and goblins. I know to some people it’s not such a big deal… all in fun. The kids enjoy it because they get to get all dressed up in fun costumes and eat lots of candy. But the last two years I’ve become very aware of the very real spiritual battles that take place in a child’s heart. Our adopted children have experienced real spiritual darkness in their past, and they suffer from a real fear of evil. Just passing by the costumes in Target ends up causing literal nightmares that night. So we do our best to shield them. We lean toward the celebration of harvest.
Then comes the candy. Since when did the Fall harvest include abundant crops of candy? Really? I often have wondered about this. Why candy? Again, not such a big deal to a lot of people… Candy is yummy, a special treat for the kids. It’s all in fun. But I have two children who suffered from malnutrition. Malnutrition. The effects of that continue to be seen in their bodies. Not strikingly visible to most people anymore, But I know the physical and mental struggles we are still facing because of malnutrition, and I know how badly their bodies need good nutritious food. And we all know that candy is not nutritious folks. I hate that I have to choose between allowing them the childhood joy of indulging in that enticing October treat, or getting them closer to the healthy strong bodies that we know will help them feel better in the long run and we so want them to have. I struggle with this choice.
So I hate October, and I love October. And it reminds me of this world… full of fears, and temptations beckoning us to indulge and join in… seemingly harmless and all in fun. Having to choose where the line should be drawn. Yet surrounded by God’s beauty and the changing of life’s seasons, the warmth of His presence in the crisp air, the fresh cleansing of His Spirit, the “warm cozy” of His Word, and a harvest of amazing blessings… God’s grace poured out in abundance. Oh how I thank God for His grace!
Do you love October?