My Life in Words
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Tomorrow is officially the first day of Summer! This is the time of year to enjoy being outdoors on warm Summer days. It is the time to enjoy going for a walk, swimming, riding a bicycle, or simply sitting in a nice comfy chair letting the Sun shine on your face. The days are longer giving us more time to spend outdoors with family and friends. It is often the time when families take much needed vacations to relax, re-invigorate and refresh their souls as they enjoy quality time together. These are all awesome things that we really should do and take the opportunity to enjoy.
But, what does God say about Summer? Lots actually. God speaks directly about most of the things I’ve already mentioned. God speaks to us about taking time to rest, relax and of course focus on Him during these Sunny days: Psalm 113:3 says From the rising of the sun to its going down, The Lord’s name is to be praised. He truly does want us to enjoy this time while reflecting on Him and praising Him. There is interesting timing with this in that this past week, our oldest daughter has been memorizing Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. When I hear this and I read this, it reminds me of how God truly does want us to relax, enjoy the green pastures and waters of Summer while we “restore our souls.” That is beyond comforting... However, He also gives us lots of instruction preparation during this time.
Proverbs is full of advice about preparing and harvesting for Winter as well as preparing for varying seasons of life. Proverbs 10:5 says: He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame. Proverbs 6:6-8 says: Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. Prior to this verse 24 refers to the ants as “little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise.” Ants are wise. God gives them this wisdom. Although they are “little on the Earth,” they do harvest food for the seasons ahead. They work hard while they can for the seasons in life when they can’t. Wow! We can all take a lesson from these amazing little creatures.
However, as mentioned earlier, this time should not all be consumed with prep work for Winter. Surely God wants us to work hard and prepare for all of life’s seasons. But, He truly does want us to enjoy life as well. In addition, He certainly does not want us to worry. John 16:33 says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The most important thing to remember from this scripture is, we should never let our restless spirit worry us. The victory is won. God is in control, watches over us and has our eternal destiny planned for us and it is beautiful. We have no need to worry.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
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