Thanks to Disney and The Jungle Book, anytime those two words are put next to each other it provokes the song that so many of us know to begin playing through on our internal jukebox. It is the perfect way to describe the Autumn season though, if you think about it. All the trees have given away their leaves and are left with the skeleton of branches and a trunk. The plants that earlier in the year were producing the fruits and crops that are specific to their kind have now been harvested and left behind is the dirt that was the foundation of their existence. Even the squirrels and all the other animals begin to prepare for a long winter by gathering up the bare necessities they need to survive. This happens during Autumn because the Summer is too early and the Winter is too late. This is the most elementary explanation, but it is the truth. How many things would be negatively effected if the crops did not produce until the middle of winter? How weird would it be to see geese flying South during Summer? God made a reason for every season and the transitions that come with each of them.
Further down in the Ecclesiastes, after Solomon wrote of the different seasons we go through in life, he finishes up with the line that puts this whole thought into a nutshell. It says God "hath made every thing beautiful in his time" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Just as every season we go through here on Earth has a reason, every season we go through in our life has a reason. Which can only mean that just as we witness the beautiful bare necessities that God continues to use on this Earth, He is going to make something beautiful out of our "bare necessities" in His time. We do not have to have everything this world wants from us. We just have to be willing to provide everything God needs from us. Rather than letting this world take everything from me, I want to give God everything I have.