There’s something about the changing of the season that brings a new expectancy. A new hope. A rejuvenation. Maybe it’s the fresh breeze that flows through stale windows.
I’m not sure, but it always makes me happy. I know a lot of people love fall for the cool temperatures, sweaters, football, and pumpkin spice everything … We have most of that in our part of the country, but the cooler temps are usually not until November.
I remember as a kid seeing all the fall borders in school, pictures of happy autumn leaves blowing down the road after the school bus goes by in early September, and heavy costumes for Halloween. I also remember thinking “where does this happen?”
One Christmas I received a jogging suit. Magenta and turquoise. Yes. I loved it. It was made of velour or something and I only got to wear it once – on Christmas Day and I nearly had a heat stroke in it. We ate Christmas dinner with the sliding glass doors open and the ceiling fans going.
You know, the holiday season is approaching and this world is having a rough time right now. There are wars, rumors of wars, famine, horrible diseases, awful things done to women and children, men bring slaughtered, politics are in upheaval, nations are in more debt than they’ve ever seen. Our own nation is becoming unrecognizable. You can’t help but wonder where all this is going. It’s heartbreaking. It’s scary. I’ll be the first to admit that.
But for some of us, there is hope. It’s not an escape pass, a get out of jail free card, or anything of the sort.
It’s Jesus. You can disagree with me or vent about it, but it’s hope, peace, joy, true love.
When you see God (Jehovah) as the creator of the universe, you can look around and see the beauty, marvel at the earth itself, and gaze up into the depths of space and stare in awe.
We can see the knowledge man has acquired over the millennia, the inventions and the discoveries, and the weapons and warfare it has created.
But we can see amazing things like the shuttle launches and man landing on the moon, we can dive to depths in the ocean that we thought we might never see, and we have seen the health and state of humans improve (where it has been allowed).
We have seen great struggle and mass extermination. We have seen despots and tyrants. And we have seen great leaders rise up and solve great crises over the centuries. We have seen humanity come together to try and assuage the grief felt by those who are homeless, starving, refugees.
Sometimes the light seems hard to see. It feels like the darkness is taking over and swallowing us whole.
It’s in those times when we can look to that Creator of the worlds, the One Who sent His Son to die for ALL of humanity. The One Who loves us with an everlasting love. The One Who made this earth for us to live in and live in community with others and in harmony with God. That was the original plan.
It hasn’t worked out so well since then…
But we can look around and see it. We can catch that glimpse of Divine handiwork and wonder at the immensity of it all. And it should drive us to serve our fellow man and help them in their times of need.
When our focus gets on all the horrible things going on in the world, we don’t need to bury our heads in the sand. We need to look back to the Source and to His plan.
When the leaves change, the flowers bloom, the snow falls, or the temperature rises in summer, we can find that happy corner of the world and reflect on the the One who made it all.
To those who don’t know Jesus, I pray you find him. To those who do, let us do all we can to try and make this world a little happier, a little easier, and a little more loving.
Peace and love, everyone.