Fall is one of my favorite seasons. We are more than a month into the season of Fall, and it is fully on display. The air changes from humid and thick to crisp, clean and fresh. The evening sky seems to be more awake as the stars glimmer and shine. The morning’s sunrise brings beautiful cascades of yellow, orange, pink, and red. The fog settles lightly on the dew covered ground. The crunch of leaves as you walk through the woods and the smell of fresh fires being built in fireplaces is wonderful. And the stunning display of trees transferring from green to all different shades of colors is a sight to see.

This past week we drove with a group to Big Laurel, Kentucky. Big Laurel is located in the Southeastern part of Kentucky, approximately 25 miles Northwest of Virginia. Big Laurel is tucked down into a valley between some of the biggest mountains in Kentucky. As we drove I could not help but notice how beautiful the fall season was beginning in the mountains.

Our team to Laurel spent time in the letter to the Colossians from Paul, to prepare our hearts for what God would have for us. As Paul writes to the Colossians he begins the letter by powerfully praying over them for the grace and peace that they have from God, and the faith that they have in Jesus Christ. In Chapter 1 verses 13-14, Paul reminds the Colossians of what Christ has done, the rescuer from darkness, transforming us into His kingdom, purchasing our freedom, and forgiving us of our sins. This is truly amazing!! But Paul does not stop there.

He goes on to say in verse 15 and 16 that, “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth…” I love this text, because Paul is painting this image of Christ and how we are able to see God’s likeness in and through Him. He existed before anything was created, and He has the supremacy over all things created in heaven and on earth. At the end of verse 16 Paul says, “. . . all things have been created through Him and for Him.”

As I reflect on Paul’s words in these verses about who Christ is and what He has done I am greatly moved to a place of awe for my God. Everything that I experience in the fall is a display of the wondrous works of Jesus Christ through and through. The small and yet complex intricacies of a spider’s beautiful web on the front porch. The reminder as my kids say, “Look dad at how God painted the sky this morning, wow, that’s a big paint brush!” The mountain top view of miles and miles of color-driven valleys full of trees. The whirling wind that whistles as it moves rapidly through the trees. And the huge raindrops that pierce into soil hardened like rock. “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever!” Romans 11:36

I challenge you to take a couple minutes this week to go outside and experience what God has created. Look around at His wonderful creation. There is an awesome conversation in Job 38-39 between God and Job and what God has done. Ponder in amazement of what God has made, and what He has done through the work of Jesus Christ. And may you catch a glimpse of why I enjoy fall so much as we reflect on the amazing God that we serve. “For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him…” (Colossians 1:19)

In Him,

Pastor Elliott