10 Oct Falling Forward

Autumn is in the air! Everywhere you go, subtle hints of pumpkin spice lattes and peppermint mocha appear magically out of thin air. The nice cool breeze is brushing against your face. I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of year! It’s days like these where I truly feel sorry for people who live in terrible places like Florida, California, Texas and anything north of the Mason Dixon line! They are missing out on the most wonderful time of the year.

Just the term “fall” strikes such a unique connotation. The word fall comes from the Old English word feallan which means ‘to fall or to die’. Over time, the phrase was shortened to fall.

In this wonderfully brisk time of year, things appear to be dying all around us. Beautiful flowers lose their color and wilt away while bright green leaves on our trees slowly turn to red, then brown and finally they drop. Fall, in the south, indeed seems like a truly dark period of dormancy or death. It is a time where life gets put on hold.

Contrary to what we see happening above ground around us, this season is not about death at all! It’s a season that truly allows the trees and plants to focus their energy and nutrients on their roots. We drive around our towns and we see barren trees looking like props from a Tim Burton film. We contemplate why everything is fading away. However, what we don’t see, is the fact that underneath the ground, the trees are becoming much healthier and stronger. When this process is completed, the spring will surely roll back around and reveal new life popping up all over. It seems to happen in an instant! Things will be bigger and better than ever before. What a miracle and what an image of God’s sovereignty.

Isaiah 43:19 says, “See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

What a great promise amidst the dry seasons of life that we all often face. As believers, we may look around in our circumstances and feel like things are dying. We may feel like the abundance is gone and all the things that we love have been stripped away from us. We may struggle with why we are going through that trial or why we are experiencing that pain. But what we can be reminded of is that what seems like a desolate time is actually a time that God is using to do something amazing underneath the surface. What seems like the end is actually just the beginning of something new! Let’s be encouraged today.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Embrace whatever your season is and remember that God is doing something great underneath the surface. Just give it time. As surely as the sun rises, spring is around the corner. When it gets here, we will see the beauty and life of all the things God is now nurturing in our hearts and in our lives by His power and for the glory of Jesus Christ!

We’d love to have you join us this weekend at one of our campus locations as we wrap up our Love My City series. You don’t want to miss it!

Brian Fuller
Worship Pastor

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