Fall is Back! And it's roasting, rainy, and relentless...
A few weeks ago, I was asked to present the announcements at Sunday morning worship. During this time, as I was introducing myself, I shared with our church family that I was so excited that the Fall season had arrived. At that moment, the weather was, and continues to be roasting, often in the mid-90's, with rainy afternoon thunderstorms, and approximately 200% humidity. It most definitely does not feel like the Fall!
Despite the weather failing to cooperate, Fall IS here in Winter Springs, via school back in full-swing, a new football season, and pumpkin spice lattes from Starbucks. It is in this context, during this time of year, that I find many families struggling to adapt to the relentless expectations that each and every Fall season places on them.
Fall is the time of year when children need new school items, clothing, sports equipment, technology, and things to do.
Fall is the time of year when adults need more coffee, more money, more time, and more football.
The Fall season serves as an annual reminder of the stresses and struggles of being parents and children. It is with this mindset that I found John 1:26-27, 29 so encouraging.
John 1:26-27- "John answered, 'I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worty to untie.' "
John the Baptist was being asked to give his qualifications to the religious leaders, the Pharisees, that he might answer for the work he was doing. At this time, John was ministering to people, calling people to repent, preaching often, and baptizing those who want to give their lives to God. John was a busy man!
Like us, John was doing many good things, using that season of life as an opportunity to meet with a lot of people and provide important services to others.
However, John quickly receives some perspective. Verse 29- "He saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, 'Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
In the midst of his busyness, in the midst of doing "good things," John encounters Jesus. It is in that encounter, than John forgets the relentlessness of tasks and instead relishes the opportunity to observe and worship.
I don't know about you, but I often struggle to take even 5 minutes to stop in the midst of the busyness of my life to think about and seek to experience this Jesus, "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." We are not encouraged to sit and focus on Jesus. We are taught to do more, be involved, and fill every minute with activity. We are expected to run until we are on empty, give of ourselves until we cannot, do until we've done it all.
What would it look like this Fall to rest in Jesus? As a family, to take time to sit in God's word, to sit in prayer, to enjoy uninterrupted conversation about Jesus, and the good news of his life, death, and ressurrection. What joy might be experienced, what new dynamic may occur in your family this Fall, and what blessing might you receive as you reflect on the one who loves you and is sufficient to care for you in the overwhelming busyness of life?
Willow Creek Church Director of Children's Ministry