What is your favorite time of year? Fall always tends to be one of my favorite times of year for so many reasons.
- The colors of fall are absolutely, positively beautiful! Nothing matches the fire red and deep orange color the leaves turn here in Central PA.
- The days get shorter. This one is debatable because I do always love when the days get longer in the summer. But in the fall, I tend to be ready to enter into a slower season of life, which inevitably happens for our family when we get the the season of fall.
- Fall produces some of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life!
- Cooler temperatures, sweater weather, and the ability to have a blanket on my lap at all times!
One of the deeper reasons I love fall is because it reminds me of our brokenness. There is such a beauty to our brokenness because it is when we are truly broken that we rely most on Jesus. Fall reminds me of this. Why? Because there is such beauty in the trees as they go dormant for the winter. There is beauty in their brokenness and ya know what, we all LOVE it. Jesus feels that way about us. There is beauty in our brokenness and it is when we are at our most broken that we fall into Jesus’ arms and He lovingly accepts us for all of our flaws, hurts, pains, and scars.
This year I found myself longing for fall earlier, much earlier than usual. By mid-August I was ready to put the pumpkins out, drink some cider and cozy up with a blanket and a good book. From the sounds of it, many of us were ready for a change in seasons this year and were happily welcoming fall decor and festivities sooner than typical. I think it’s because of how broken the world has been in recent months. We’ve been working through a pandemic, a very difficult political climate, injustice for specific races and the unborn, and just a lot of hardship and hurt in the world. When we experience so many difficult things in our lives, it is common for our human hearts to long for something different, something better.
Many people don’t know what their soul is actually longing for. Their soul is longing for the perfection of eternity, a life with the Lord. Because, let’s face it, this world is far from perfect and there always seems to be something happening in the world to causes us to think, ‘what is going on?’ Scripture tells us that God has set eternity in the hearts of his people:
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
That explains why we are longing for something new now doesn’t it? We are longing for something much different than just the autumn season, we are longing for beauty, perfection, love, forgiveness, mercy, grace — Jesus.
I pray that every person experiences the life-saving love of Jesus, and realizes their true longing is for Him. Let’s pray this together over the people we know who don’t know Jesus, and the people we don’t know. There are so many lost souls in the world
Transitioning into Fall
September 26, 2020