I know it’s cliche to say it, but I love fall. It’s my favorite season. The colors, the breezes, and the sun coming through the trees quiets my soul. It’s like creation exhales; the wind through the leaves a gentle breath of letting go. Staring out our back window, I watch as the leaves slowly drift toward the ground. Fall feels like rest to me, like the world is slowing down to slumber for a little while. Every year I try to get out and enjoy the season, going on long drives with my mom, hunting for pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, and picking apples at the orchard.
I soak it all in, seeing God in the sunshine peeking through the clouds, hear Him when the tree frogs sing to one another, and feel a sense of comfort looking up at the fall clouds like a blanket in the sky reminding me that He covers me in His love.
Life can get busy. It can be hard. And often it doesn’t look the way we think it should. We carry the stress of getting it done, fighting on, and changing our little part of the world, thinking it’s our job, our duty even, to always be moving forward.
As the seasons change, I feel like God is whispering to us in the gentle breeze through the leaves. He’s asking us to come rest in Him, to lean in close, allowing Him to embrace us. And in that place, He whispers His love and His provision, “Come and rest a while in my arms. Stop and let me hold you.”
Sometimes we just need to know we’re loved…no matter what; that God takes pleasure in us just because we are His. It takes the pressure to please, to change ourselves, and to do good in the world off our shoulders and places the load back where it belongs. He is the Creator of all things. He is all-knowing and all-seeing. He can handle it. We are invited to partner with Him but He is always leading the way, clearing the path, and moving the mountains in front of us. Change, movement, progress, breakthrough – they all only come through His power in His Name.
Take a deep breath and know He is there, close to you. Stop and notice all the good around you, even if you feel like there’s not much good in you. He wants us to take the time to sit in His Presence. He wants us to come close to Him, even if it means stopping all the other work that needs to be done.
‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’”Luke 10:38-42
No matter where we are or where we’re going, how much we’re doing or how much purpose and fulfillment we find in where we are now, God is with us. His love never changes and His hand is always upon us. He will never leave us and never stop loving us.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans 8:38-39
Draw us closer to You today, Lord. Let us rest in the assurance of Your love, Your provision, and Your direction for our lives. We surrender, knowing that You will not fail. We call out, “Abba, Papa” in the simplest language of love. We pause to breathe in Your Presence, here, in this moment. We thank you that you never change. We thank you for Your love and Your ultimate expression of that love, coming to earth to die for us so we may be made clean, made whole, and adopted into your family. Thank you that when we reach out our arms, You embrace us in Yours. Grant us peace as we draw near and rest in You. Amen.
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28