A recent Christian Life Seminar held at the church ("God Colors Our World"), offered us an opportunity to explore various scriptures that point to God's wonderful love for us. With the broadest strokes of color imaginable, God washes our world with beauty - in every season. Not only does this occur in the natural seasons of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, but also in the seasons of our lives. Just as in nature, change is inevitable, following in general a path of growing maturity that is physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual. NOTE: Look for an upcoming seminar on related topics that you might find enriching - and one on mercy coming up as well....
For now, as we begin to tire (just a bit) from the all but unrelenting heat of summer, just think of all that lies ahead in the church and secular calendars: the continuation of the season of Pentecost, Thanksgiving, Advent, Christmas... Whoa! I am getting ahead of myself! Or am I? Whilst appreciating every moment of life is vitally important, so planning ahead can be both a secular and a religious pursuit. Making way for the Lord is an important endeavor for any Christian - most especially in making way for him in our own hearts.
As the seasons prepare to turn (taking their time!), so we ought to prepare our hearts in a way that is diligent and sure, relying upon the teachings of scripture and the sweet, soft call of Christ. Let us determine now to open our minds and spirits to the precious presence of the Lord in yet new and deeper ways as we consider the harvest season ahead. This we should do constantly and with great fervor. However, it seems that those quiet times we spend meditating on scripture and communing with God in prayer can also be most productive, resulting in the spiritual growth and development for which we long.
Therefore, let us make a little slow-down in our pace as the warmth and beauty of autumn begins to beckon. Let us enjoy the last of summer activities and sunny days filled with natural beauty, remembering to thank God for these munificent gifts. Let us ponder, once more, the majesty of God's creation and the elegant glory of the seasons. What a beautiful reminder that life is about change; let us open ourselves to learning and resting in the Lord during this time.
Autumn will come - another season of grace and joy - but let us praise God in the summer heat that remains. These clear colors of green and the rainbow of flowers and veggies in the garden will begin to shift before we know it. Celebrate summer and the vibrant life of faith that is ours as God's great gift. His mercy knows no bounds...in any season.