It’s about that time when the weather gets cooler, our kids head back into the classroom, and life begins to settle again after an eventful summer. If you're anything like me, I could have summer all year round. I just love the sun.
But as I notice the leaves changing, indicating the arrival of fall, it seems as though our lives tend to reflect a similar shift; we settle, we fall back and we prepare to hibernate.
As Jesus was preparing to be crucified, the Bible tells us that He too went into a place of hibernation. He pulled away from the crowd, and tucked himself away so that He could be in prayer with the Father (Matthew 26:36-46).
Given that life is full of uncertainties, it is so important that we fix our eyes on the One who is certain about the next moment of our lives. Unlike Jesus, we don't know what tomorrow may bring, or what challenges we may have to face in these upcoming seasons. What we do know, is that we serve a God that does not change- He is the same yesterday, today and forevermore! He doesn't shift like the weather, and is not fickle like people. Rather, our God is consistent!
In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus saw what laid ahead and He understood its gravity- His eternal purpose. Yet still, He found it necessary to hide Himself in prayer in the presence of Almighty God.
I believe that there is something powerful that transpires when we, as women, hide ourselves in God. Something beautiful comes out of time spent with Daddy. I have literally experienced Him place His hand over my heart to make it whole again after a betrayal. I have felt His love pour over me like a sweet perfume, reassuring me that His love is unending. I have experienced renewed strength in moments of weakness and the gift of empowerment when I've doubted myself. There is indeed something beautiful and something necessary that comes from hibernating with God.
After the busyness that summertime often brings, may we welcome the upcoming seasons. Fall is a good time to re-set our hearts and minds on the Father. When we do this, we become empowered to face anything that is thrown at us.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV), “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”