The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” [Exodus 33:14]

Spring brings with it the anticipation of new beginnings, new seasons, a fresh start with all kinds of possibilities, but what of autumn?  Like sailors reaching the shoreline of their native land, a soldier returning from war or simply a child coming home from school, autumn brings a sense of returning to a scene of familiarity, a deep stirring and returning to a place of belonging.

Regardless of distance there is always a place that pulls at the heart strings, draws deeply from memories of autumn leaves crunching under foot, the last flurry of squirrels scurrying to find winter’s supply and fires in the open hearth.

It pulls upon human need to find a place of rest, acceptance, and affirmation and like the sun slowly laying down the task of the day it reflects the joy of a job well done and a peace that says…all is well.  This is autumn and is just a taste of knowing all of creation must rest and refresh itself for future growth.

Hunger so generated finds a deeper and lasting sense of belonging, one that knows there is no season in the cleft of the Rock of God’s presence, an eternal home of belonging.   “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.  Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.  I’ll show you how to take a real rest.  Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it.  Learn the unforced rhythms of grace…”  [Matthew 11:29]

Further Reading:   Psalm 46