What Changed?

I spent last weekend up north in Bayfield, Wisconsin. I had not experienced such a spectacular fall season since moving to Texas over five years ago. The entire trip, I couldn’t stop gazing at the profound beauty surrounding me.


Vibrant oranges, reds, and yellows dotted the landscape. Had the colors deepened since I’d last been here?

Fallen leaves covered springy green grass and gray fractured sidewalks, crunching under my feet. Had the dying leaves grown crisper?

The smoky smell of dried firewood seeped from fire pits and wood burning stoves to warm the air. Had that inviting scent intensified?

What changed?

I did.

Separation dimmed my memories of this awesome display. I had forgotten how amazing fall could be. When I took the time to come back and view the wonder, I remembered all the fall seasons that came before.

That’s how it is when I set my Bible on the shelf. I forget how God’s Word speaks into my life as a moving, living force. The relevance dims with the distance of time, until I skim through the pages and begin to read. Then the words flow and come alive in arrays of colors even more amazing than autumn in Bayfield.

                                                                                                                                                                Happy fall! Happy reading!


  1. Being a native “Wisconsinite”, I too miss all the vibrant colors of fall in that area. I could almost hear the leaves crunching under foot and smell the woodsy fragrance of a wood fire burning somewhere in the distance.Thanks for the great reminders!

  2. Colleen S. Koester |

    Wow, I especially liked this post (not that I didn’t enjoy previous ones too). But that part about needing to stay in God’s Word speaks to me.

  3. Beautifully written. You captured the awesome experience…but you didn’t mention the special sauce at Maggies! I love how you draw the parallel to God’s Word. That’s it exactly.
    Thank you for sharing your gift of expression with all of us!

  4. Colleen Bradley |

    Great article Lori. It is a good reminder to stop and look of the beauty that God has created around us. Living in Wisconsin, I drive in it each day, but need to stop and see it more!

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