Fall has officially started. One of Aesop’s fables is the story of the ant and the grasshopper. The grasshopper spends the summer and fall fiddling, while the ant works diligently to get ready for winter. When winter comes the ant has plenty, but the grasshopper goes hungry. I suppose it was told as a warning to work hard. Or maybe it’s just a reminder that there is much work to be done in the fall.
At Resurrection this past week we have had a funeral, the Great Stuff! sale, a community picnic and outdoor worship. Volunteers have trimmed the trees and professionals have laid new sidewalk. Wednesday dinners and rezYouth have begun, and plans are underway for the Fall Festival at Tharp’s farm on October 8th. Before you know it, it will be the Adult and Teen Challenge choir, then Stewardship Sunday, followed by the Thanksgiving community dinner preparations. And that’s just at church.
You are probably busy with your own fall projects at home. It’s good to be like the ant and work hard. But in the rush to get things done, don’t forget that God also created the Sabbath. Make sure to stop the busyness from time to time to worship, to play, and to appreciate the blessings of each day.
God didn’t make us ants or grasshoppers. God made us his own children. Enjoy God’s blessings and spend time with the Lord this week.
Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones.
Learn from their ways and become wise! – Proverbs 6:6
But the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest
dedicated to the Lord your God. – Deuteronomy 5:14