Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
I’ve been looking at the calendar all summer, looking forward to vacation as well as looking forward to coming home. I’ve been looking forward to being on mission with the church and returning with new understandings of what it’s like to live in this world. I’ve been looking forward to the disruptions of schedules as well as the blessings of routine.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 speaks of just such a reality. For everything there is a time.
The excitement of summer living is nearly at an end. Coming soon is the beginning of another school year. Sports schedules are ready to begin. Academics are set to enrich young minds. A different kind of excitement fills the air. The school year brings new friends and experiences as we begin to settle into new routines. What a blessing that is!
Now we can reflect on all that we did this past summer, both highlights and lowlights. And how God played a part in all of it. Some of us rested. Some of us took vacations. Some of us worked extra jobs. Some of us went on mission trips. Some of us developed new relationships or restored old ones. God has been a part of our lives all summer, whether we knew it or not.
What I discovered this summer was the truth that no matter what we did, the relationships in which we were involved made the experiences even more worthwhile. That’s where God was most evident.
We know that Jesus is always telling us to look outside ourselves, to share the love of God with others, to live in God’s grace. The beauty of relationships is that we not only get to look outside ourselves, but someone else gets the opportunity to see us, too. Our Creator had such a unique and wonderful idea!
So what kind of relationships were you involved in this summer? As you look back, where is it that you can see God at work in and with you?
Now put on your traveling pants, because we’ve got a lot more in store for the next several months – new months of discovery. New times of experiencing God! I look forward to sharing those times with you!