Friday, October 9, 2009

A Great Exchange

The arrival of fall is much more evident these days with several of the leaves on our trees beginning to blush a crimson red or hint at an autumn orange. And what could herald the change of seasons more appropriately than the county fair. I can close my eyes and think back to last year's fair. The familiar sight of throngs of excited people, the sound of laughter in the air, and the smell of funnel cakes tempting me to forget everything I know about fried food. I love to dangle my feet high above the crowd while enjoying the sky ride, and petting the adorable baby buffalo at the Indian village. All of these thoughts remind me of fall.

In my case, the change of seasons also signifies a change in some of my responsibilities. A shifting of gears. Change isn't always easy. I get comfortable in my summer routine and have to consciously remind myself of all the things I enjoy about the up-coming season and the new routine it will bring.

After being out of town last week, I eased back into the activities of this week. Catching up on homework for my writing class was a top priority. I needed to focus attention on the mound of laundry that was quickly rivaling Mt. Everest in height; not to mention cleaning the house and getting healthy meals on the table. How was I going to fit in creating and putting up two bulletin board designs in our Sunday School classroom? Or attending the special choir practice scheduled to prepare us for our church's 10th Anniversary service? Food would also have to be prepared for this special occasion and did I mention that there is a work day on Saturday to spruce up the church grounds? I have to pick up my daughter on Saturday afternoon, as she returns from visiting another college campus. What will my laundry pile look like then?

God reminded me that He is a God of order: "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints." (I Cor. 14:33; KJV) His prevailing words for me this week, echoed consistently throughout my Bible study, were 'hope,' and 'peace.' I wasn't to be discouraged or dismayed, "...for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." (Joshua 1:9b; KJV) The writing of King David in Psalm 37:7a reminded me to, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:" (KJV)

It's comforting to know that in numerous places in the Bible our Lord defines Himself as the God of hope and the God of peace (Heb. 13:20, Rom. 15:13, Rom. 16:20) When I'm fully relying on Him, He becomes my hope and peace. The One who keeps me focused and satisfied. What has you frazzled this week? Why not give it all to Him in exchange for His hope and peace. You'll be glad you did!


  1. Frazzled is the precise word. I am praying now for direction in my current MS. Whatever I do I want God to receive the glory and the people of God to be enriched.

    I will wait patiently for Him. Thanks Maria for whispering God's presence into my situation!

    Blessings to you...

  2. Yeah, you know how it is to be just hopping around and find a special place to visit!

  3. Oh, I love your words today. I wish I could remember to surrender it all to Him every second of every day. He must get so frustrated with me. I rest knowing what a forgiving God he is and that I am given many chances. Thank you for the enouragement.

  4. Hi Maria, Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I hope you and your family enjoy the coming days of the new season, and may God walk with you as you 'change gears' in preparation for the new directions He is taking you in.

    I see you got a flag gadget too! Aren't they fun?