The Rhythms of Rest and Reflection

Natalie Hendrickson

READ : Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Autumn is my favorite time of year. There is a chill in the air when I harvest the last of the squash and tomatoes and uproot each plant. As the days grow shorter I look forward to letting the ground lie fallow through the winter. While the soil rests, so will I.

The garden cycles of productivity and replenishment mirror those in our spiritual journey with God. Fall is a season to embrace the rhythms of rest and reflection. It is a time to wind down projects in order to let God invigorate our work and activities with renewed life.

In our home we try to limit the number of nights we are out and about, particularly in the fall. We often spend quiet evenings in front of a cozy fire. As the wood crackles and the flames dance I am held spellbound. Such simple pleasures stir an intense sense of inner peace in the depths of my soul. I welcome the respite from the day’s endeavors. In the stillness I can pause and ponder God’s bountiful blessings in my life. Such recollections evoke praise and gratitude for God’s tender care. Are you in need of a fallow season? How can you enter into the restorative rhythms of rest and reflection?

PRAYER

Lord, teach me how to live in the appropriate season – to be active or restful in the times that you have set.