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“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2.6-7

Here we are at the change of the year once again where we move from the “holidays” to the autumn. We have loved the sun these past few weeks, and doesn’t everything appear more wonderful when the sun is shining? We are heading towards the autumn where schools are back and the roads of Bristol will once again become a complicated car park. When we ask people “how has your summer been?” I think most people expect a mildly upbeat reply with modest disclosure. “Oh it was great thank you” is quite sufficient for most and normally concludes the conversation. A more honest - “it was a nightmare at first, the children were exhausted and we argued for weeks but one Saturday the sun came out and we were all happy on our screens” – kind of answer may be true but considered over sharing!

Like you, I am wired to build my life and expectations upon truth. Our relationships would flourish, not diminish if we traded the truth for our experience. But I wonder what would happen if we asked “what was Jesus doing over your summer?”

He says that the sun shines on the righteous and the unrighteous. So, the weather was not so much a comment on us, but a revelation of His goodness.

He was busy holding all created things together whilst we walked around with flappy shorts and blobs of sun cream on our noses. While we rested, He demonstrated His awesome power. While we were on holiday, He neither slumbered nor slept but was drawing us increasingly into intimate relationship with Him that we might be the light of the world. While we may have wanted a holiday of our dreams, He was trying to impress upon us the truth that we will inherit the earth and that one day we will walk with Him in the exotic places of the new creation and not get stung by a wasp.

Living, rooted and built up in Him means that we will thrive as we begin with the Creator rather than the created. As we transition from the summer to the autumn, let’s delight in Jesus and what He has been doing in us.

- Tim Silk