It is officially fall.

Having grown up in Tennessee, where the leaves change colors before January, I have nostalgic feelings with the word fall. In this region of Florida, the most noticeable difference in fall season is probably the traffic changing, and the sun going doing a little earlier than summer.

The other big change for families in the fall is the schedules ramp up for most. Weekends on the boat and at the beach are more limited. Soccer, band, dance and football take over the schedules for a lot of families.

At times, these schedules that we signed our families up for can almost feel crushing. We enjoy it, or I assume people wouldn’t repeatedly sign up for this year after year! However, sometimes it’s as if those commitments dictate our lives and agendas, which leaves us with the question of, “Where is God in it all?”

In 1 Samuel 19, David is on the run from a mad king who happened to be his father-in-law. He ran to the safest place he could think of — a friend who was a prophet, priest and judge.

This Samuel proceeded to go on with a worship service. David’s father-in-law sent three groups of men during this worship gathering to bring him home and most likely kill him. I would say David was in the midst of chaos and confusion. He probably felt overwhelmed and like he couldn’t get out of it, which left him asking the same question we often ask of, “Where is God in it all?”

The part of this story that is so fascinating is that when the men came to take David, it says in 1 Samuel 19:20, “The Spirit of God came upon the messengers of Saul and they also prophesied.”

This did not just happen once, but four times over during this story.

When we feel bombarded, whether it be with life circumstances, a busy schedule, family dynamics or the like, we must remember to stay in a place of worship. God is already there.

What if our prayer changed from asking the Lord to take away our burdens to God encountering our burdens? The Spirit of God can shift a person’s heart, motives, perspective and even agenda.

Instead of asking in despair, “Where is God in it all?” let’s start asking “Where IS God in it all?” We need a perspective shift and to start focusing on where God IS in fact moving and working. Where did He show up? Whose heart has He changed recently? What did He cover on the field?

Caroline Hare is assistant to the pastor for Ministry Coordination and the Next Generations pastor at Destin United Methodist Church. She can be reached at chare@destinumc.org.