Fall is September 22. It’s a time when the leaves will change color, the air will become cooler, and blogs will start using the analogy of Fall and change in our lives. Personally, I’m running out of summer clothes to wear or wearing out my summer clothes and I am looking forward to turtle necks, sweaters, and thick pants again. I’m looking forward to kicking my feet through the piles of leaves on the courthouse square on Saturday evenings and seeing my breath expel like white fog into the air. Summer brought a lot of memories, but Fall is a nice change.
If Fall happens in your life (spiritually speaking), what would that look like? Would it look like anything?
I’m wondering if we’re too comfortable where we are with our toes stuck in the sand instead of bracing for change like any good Christian soldier, waiting for Christ to change us? Cold winters and unpleasant weather patterns often provoke feelings of dismay, anger, and frustration; instead, allow God to use those moments to bring change to our souls.
Change in how we look at the world.
Change in how we treat people.
Change in our habits.
Like Christmas makes people stop and pay attention to themselves, Fall for a brief moment has that same effect for me. The air is colder. The weeds and prairie grasses brown. The trees turn color. We’re dressing warmer and turning our Frappacino orders to a hot Latte instead. Outwardly, Fall and Winter bring change. Inwardly, Christ should change us. We should meet Him on His terms; not our terms. I could name all the sins and point a finger, but inwardly, if you’re saved, you know what you did wrong. Even if you’re not saved, you spend all of your time justifying your actions, trying to make them okay.
Either way, you know what I am saying as sure as when the weather turns cooler that Kohls will put their summer clothes on the clearance racks. Change is viewed as an evil word; not so with the Bible.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let
God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.
Then you will learn to know
God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Fall is September 22.
Don’t wait for Fall to make change, and let that change last beyond Fall; beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas.