It’s October! That means we all bust out the pumpkin flavored treats, the boots and scarves; the fall decor. With all the outward markings of autumn, come the cooler weather and the always exciting start of the holiday season. We can finally start our Christmas countdowns and ditch the diets.
There’s definitely a lot happening, and boarding mid-September, life is on a nonstop train to the new year. I am the first in line to bask in the awesomeness of fall. I live in South Florida, where in October, the alternative to heat is a hurricane (See ya, Matthew!). Despite that, you better believe that the second the temperature drops below 80… I’m in full fall attire (boot cuffs and all).
This coming season is a special one for me, because I’m preparing to marry my high school sweetheart. It is certainly one of the most exciting times in my life, but with that come the stresses of planning a wedding, finding a place to live, and just generally getting life figured out. I have always dreamed of a Christmastime wedding. I don’t regret that decision, but without a doubt it’s added some extra anxiety.
To slowly get to the point… Life is crazy for me. I’m sure it’s not too different for you. The question that keeps coming to mind is: What are you “falling” for (or into)? You may be falling for the excitement of the current and coming months. You may be falling into anxiety or sadness because of how much you have to do, or the sad memories the holidays force you to recall.
In all this, let’s not forget to “fall” into the arms of Jesus. Even though a lot of our celebrations are centered around Him, sometimes we aren’t. Your relationship with God isn’t a New Year’s Resolution (like every year’s resolution to go to the gym). Getting closer to Him isn’t a goal to set for the future; it’s a goal to set every morning when you wake up.
This morning, I was brought to 1 Thessalonians 2:17 and it’s a different one for me. It says:
But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.
Paul was speaking of a time that they no longer were able to see Jesus face to face. They had to make an effort to seek Him. All through college, my fiancé and I were in (what I like to call) a semi-long-distance relationship. He went to the University of Florida in Gainesville and I went to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The two schools are 295 miles from each other (which is about a 4 hour trip). I call it “semi-long-distance” because I still got to see him one or two times a month usually.
I learned a lot about my relationship with God from those four years. It takes work. You can’t ignore the relationship and expect it to be strong. You have to take time aside for that person and sometimes you have do things that you don’t necessarily like. Likewise, you can’t put your relationship with God to the side and then wonder why it’s not strong.
I repeat myself all time when it comes to this: IT’S A RELATIONSHIP. Paul said that when he was separated from his Savior, he made every effort to see Him. The effort may seem impossible at times, but you’ll quickly know the worth of it.
“Fall” into a deep relationship with Jesus Christ. Make an effort to know Him by worshipping, studying the Word, and getting connected to a group of people who also have an intense longing to know him.