Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Seasons

Here's an article that was printed in the Reborn Lantern this month! (you can access the full issue at http://inthesaltshaker.com/rebornlantern/volume7.pdf)

Seasons
by Brittni Ann Carey

Fall's a time of contemplation, the turning from the glory and freedom of summer to preparing for the oncoming cold, for watching leaves turn and spiral onto the sidewalk. Is there already frost in the air? Seasons. God has made everything beautiful in its own time.

There's a point in Ontario, made of sand. Soon, that point, the southern-most part of Canada's mainland won't be there anymore. The contrary currents around Point Pelee will wear it away.

In our culture of instant gratification, waiting seems like a waste of time. If something is worth having, why wait? Life is short. Opportunities pass. But can we slow down long enough to appreciate what we have in each season? Because in a blink, it's going to be gone.

As Christians, we're in a season of waiting. Waiting for God's kingdom, which is infiltrating this world, to come fully through and in Jesus. But we're not in a place of idle waiting. Jesus says "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:34-35).

How does Jesus show his love? By reaching a hand out to the leper, by sitting with a woman at a well, by eating with tax collectors and 'sinners', by telling the crowds "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3).

This life isn't meant to be a comfortable waiting room where we sit benignly until heaven appears: instead, God calls us to be co-participants in the kingdom, building a community of people who reach hands, share meals, sit with, and tell everyone with our lives and words that Jesus loves them.

The fact that seasons don't last - the summer, the landscape of our lives - it can be discouraging. Grass in a field, that's how transient, short, and fragile this life is. But the temporal things, those are beautiful because there's only a short time that we have to experience them before they're only a memory.

And even more beautiful is the thought that outlasting all these things, all these pains, and joys, and experiences, is God's love. A present and active force that forms our lives and gives us peace and purpose in the ever-changing landscape of time.

What season are you in?
Where is God pointing you?
Let our seasons be full of fruit and truth and the love of Jesus.

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