The change of cool that came through a couple of weeks ago has brought us the most sudden autumn that we’ve seen in quite some time. Two nights of temperatures in the upper 30’s triggered the shift.
Usually, it will take a few weeks for the changing of green to gold in the soybean fields. It will start with a bit here and there, yellow on the high spots, spreading gradually until only the low spots hold to the color of summer. In between, splotched shades of green dapple the change until finally all is gold. This year, it seemed that entire fields shifted from green to gold in only three or four days.
Across the way from the beans, entire fields of corn have already been stripped to harvest. Long rows of stubble contour their way around the terraces, the ditches, the woods. Tractor-trailer loads of shelled grain rouse long trails of dust, rising above the gravel as the trucks crackle their way along the ridge toward the highway.
Whether our change comes in long slow descent toward the river or in the twinkling of an eye, we will one day become the harvest. And will rise up to meet him who has planted us.