We’re all familiar with the saying; “Jesus is the reason for the season.” We usually say this to one another at Christmas. However, Jesus is the reason for every season! We should celebrate seeing Jesus in every season of the year. So now that we are in the autumn season, what lessons does God have to teach us about Himself?
The seasons are like the fingerprints of God. They show us amazing truths about His character. When my children were little, we used to carve a pumpkin and put a light in it. I would point out to my children that the pumpkin was dark inside until we put the light in it that made it shine so beautifully bright. They could instantly see how this was an image of what the light of Christ does in us!
Autumn is a season of death and decay. In autumn, we watch the leaves on the trees fall to the ground. We see the plants that were so beautiful in the spring wither and die. Autumn reminds us of death. But it also reminds us that we live in a continual cycle of seasons that move from death to new life. As we move from autumn to winter, we look forward to the spring when the trees and flowers bloom again. This is an image of resurrection! Jesus died for our sins. But death could not hold Him. He rose to life again, just like the trees and flowers do in the spring. Autumn is a great time to remind your children that Jesus has caused death to die!
Solomon wrote, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). There are many seasons in the life of a Christian. Our children need to learn that there are times they will be sad in life and times they will be happy, but at all times, they need to love and trust the Father.
When you carve your family pumpkin this fall, make sure to put a very big candle in it, and explain to your children the significance of Matthew 5:15, “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”