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Fall Reminds Me of Home and a Sense of Belonging

November 14, 2017

The multi-colored shade of trees,

the crunch of brown and brittle leaves underfoot,

a sea of brilliant red and orange hues that span acres,

the crisp and invigorating air,

a flickering flame of a bonfire dancing in the night,

the lazy afternoon spent at the apple orchard sipping on a cider slushy,

the plump and deep orange pumpkin find,

freshly baked glazed pumpkin cookies,

pumpkin seeds roasted with just the right amount of seasoning,

melt-in-your mouth pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream

--- did I say pumpkin?!

The sights, tastes, sounds, and smells of fall overwhelm my senses, conjuring up warm feelings, comfort, and a sense of belonging.

Recently traveling out west has led to new, awe-inspiring scenery, unanticipated but seized adventures, magical moments that could write great novels, and soul searching that awakens the dreams in our hearts and minds. I wouldn’t exchange that season for another as each series of events sculpt us into who we were created to be. But oh the comfort of being blanketed in ‘home’, especially with the onset of fall. A sense of belonging, a kick up your feet, relaxing in Whose you truly are, a reconnection with your roots --- it’s exactly what the soul desires and returns to eagerly.

A sense of belonging is central to our well-being and sanity. We plead to know we belong, we have purpose; we have a place or person to call home. Mental memories evolve into a night of swapping stories by the fire. Saturating every hug, tender word, smile, laugh that comes your way as you visit with those you love on the back porch. Your safety net of people, places, and settings evolve over time, growing or decreasing as life marches on, but always there. Ready to catch you and welcome you back no matter the ease or difficulty, joy or sorrow, success or failure of the previous season.

Safety nets are put in place to provide a layer of added protection in case the need should arise for a back-up plan. They are the contingency plan for the possible occurrence of the worst case scenario. It’s what allows failure to occur without complete devastation. Everyone should have one, two or more! Safety nets should be special ‘someones’ who know you best and love you regardless, those who don’t bail when life is tough. They can be comfortable settings and places that remind you of who you are deep down in the recesses of your heart when you have forgotten or lost your way. Safety nets as a practical life support truly are that sense of belonging, home, comfort, and peace we experience when we are with those who love us unconditionally and those places/settings that cause our heart to sing.

Life is full of opportunities to step out of our comfort zone, to challenge the extent of our abilities and talents, stretch our beliefs and faith. But there should always be a person or place you can return to that will speak purpose, life and belonging back into you, allowing you to regroup and rejuvenate for the journey ahead.

As fall envelopes creation, may we ponder what home is for each of us, where do we rediscover the greatest sense of belonging, and how does it equip, awaken, and renew us for the journey ahead. For winter is coming, will you be properly prepared? Get seeking for your sense of home and belonging; it can come packaged in many different forms. Just maybe you will uncover the presence of your Creator, your Savior as He awaits your acknowledgement. There is no one who loves you more, and there is no greater safety net or sense of belonging in existence.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” Ecclesiastes 3:1
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in who I trust.”” Psalm 91:1
“Still, when I tried to figure it out, all I got was a splitting headache…until I entered the sanctuary of God. Then I saw the whole picture.” --- Psalm 73:16-17 Message

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