Embracing the inevitable

Autumn weaves its magical misted mellowness across our land.

We bathe in its golden glow of fruitful abundance.

Leaves dance bright then fall in sympathy with our moods.

All too soon decay and death hang heavy at the door.

Tinged with a chill air signalling further change in the atmosphere.

Seasons shift.

Imperceptibly then inevitably.

And we are forced to shift our perceptions and expectations along with the weather.

Adaptation is required to live well in a new season.

Though it doesn’t always come easy.


You wear two faces

Friend and Foe,

encourage me to embrace

and withdraw

as you tug me out

of my comfort zone.

You steal Familiar

and Safe from out

of my grasp

until I’m left

clutching at straws

dangling mid-air,

readying to make

the leap of my life

or draw back in fear,

loose-leaf trembling

quivering on tentative twig

instead of solid branch.

When I flee from you

I’m left panting and gasping

slinking back to bolt-holes.

When I allow you entry

I fly free as bird

caught in your current.

I hate Unknown,

hate even more Uncertain,

draw life’s breath in Safety

dream sweet-slumber in Security,

have fear of falling, failing,

hopes and legs akimbo.

Now you whisper gentle, low,

resounding to my very depths –

I’m no joy-stealer, peace-eroder,


I’m what you need

to Become and to grow.


How do you feel about embracing change?

What aspects do you enjoy or fear?

This post is the first in a new series of #mondaymusings

The first topic is about change in its varied forms.

Photo Credit:Jen Mguni at freshmercies.com

13 thoughts on “Embracing the inevitable

  1. Dear Joy
    This poem is exquisite! Yes, my friend, life is never easy to live at the end of our ropes, but we soon learn that all the other “things” we considered as being necessary for feeling safe and secure, were actually false and that our only true security lies in Jesus.
    Blessings XX

    • Dear Mia, you greatly bless and encourage me as always! Thank you for your sweet words of wisdom. Yes, we soon come to the realisation “that our only true security lies in Jesus”. Amen, my friend. Blessings Xx

  2. I LOVE the whole thing, Joy! It would be totally impossible for me to isolate or pick one favorite part of this one! And even the phrase, “magical misted mellowness,” from your introduction was a delight. What a great truth this showcases! Excellent!

    • Oh, what can I say to this? You have succeeded in rendering me speechless, Neil! I’m so thankful God gifted me with words to bless you with, my friend. Thank you very much for your kind comment.

  3. Lovely poem Joy. Personally I’ve come to really enjoy change, although the uncertainty that comes with it always leaves the door open for anxiety to grow. For me, it helps to look it squarely in the eye whilst belting out thanksgiving prayers that shoot like arrows into the heart of fear.

    • Great suggestion, Jen. I love it! Perhaps I should try looking change “squarely in the eye whilst belting out thanksgiving prayers that shoot like arrows into the heart of fear”. Excellent idea, my friend. And thanks once again for the lovely image. It’s perfect! 🙂 x

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