“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage-I have conquered the world” (John 16:33, NET).
Autumn is my favorite season. I love the different colors as the leaves change. I remember one particular street on the school bus route when I was a teen. There was a ranch style house that sat back off of the road, and trees surrounded it. There seemed to be a hundred different yellow, orange, and red shades all over the yard in the fall. Between the leaves that had fallen to the ground, and the ones left on the trees, it was just breathtaking. I could not take my eyes off the scenery. I cannot even describe how the vision made me feel. But during that time of season change, I could not wait to get to that street every morning.
That feeling of ‘fall’ always starts in August for me. This month has always been my transitional month going from summer to fall. Looking back, I think the most significant changes done in my life were in August. My emotional state would change during this month. I would get more depressed, and I would worry about things in my life more. I have quit or started jobs in August. A relationship would begin, or one would end in August. For some reason, changes in my life always happened in August! I wonder; is this why I like the colors of fall so much? Maybe it brings a calming, peaceful feeling to me in the middle of chaos.
As the cold days entered August this year, I once again had the same feeling of fall that I do every year. But, today, the month of August is different for me. I can still feel the change in my emotions, but instead of depression and worry, it is a calm, warm, peaceful feeling. No significant changes have happened in my life lately, as there has been in the past. Since the leaves have not changed colors yet and I don’t have my scenery to escape into, I wondered where this peace was coming from. Then I remembered church camp. I went every August growing up. That is where I had week-long vacations with Jesus. Just like that, it hit me!
I am having year-long vacations with Jesus and claiming His promise every day. How else would I have so much peace in this troubled world?