Yesterday was the first time that I experienced something this year. Yesterday was the first day in which there was the slightest nip in the morning air. I look for it every year, and for me it has become the first telltale sign of falls coming and the eventual reprieve from summer.
In a larger context, sometimes we feel like we need a reprieve from life. Sometimes life becomes so difficult and challenging and overwhelming that we just simply feel like we need a break. Perhaps, if we are honest enough, sometimes we also feel like we need a reprieve from God. Perhaps we feel that Gods challenges or demands are too great. Or perhaps we feel like God is so distant that we need a reprieve from the experience of absence.
I just want to encourage all of you to realize that this desire or need for a reprieve, for most of us, is a normal aspect of our Christian faith. Sometimes we will feel overwhelmed by life or even at times by God. But I encourage you also in these times, do as the Psalmist did and cry out even more earnestly in these times because God will hear our pleas for help and God will answer.