Friday, May 27, 2011

Unofficially, It's Officially Summer

Happy Memorial Day Friday to everyone.  Today is a day that marks the beginning of the Summer Season, especially here in New Jersey.  Today's message is going to be short as it is just the end of a message began some months ago.  If any of you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you may have read my weekly message on the harsh weather for the year.  Since then, some cities were overcome by floods and others were destroyed by tornadoes.  That really puts my problems in perspective.  It's one thing to be taken away from your home because of the weather, but it is another thing entirely for your home itself to be taken away from the weather.

The point, though, that I want to make today is that we made it.  Summer is here and winter is gone.  It is not like we did not know this day was going to come as it did every other year.  Summer always comes after Winter.  The cold and ice and winter is always replaced with the warmth of summer.  Yet year after year we have celebrations to usher in the new summer and we have "when will it ever end" laments in the winter.  And I am the poster boy for that. 

This got me to thinking.  This is also really true in our spiritual lives.  Just like the warmth of summer and the fact that it will be back soon enough is easy to forget in the cold of winter, so is the faithfulness of God easy to forget when we go through hard time.  What I mean is just as we should know that summer will come even on the coldest of days, we should know that God will always come through even in the most seemingly hopeless situations.  

So take the time to rejoice today as winter turns to summer, but make a mental note to remember just how sweet this day is so that even when summer turns back into winter we will remember just how sweet this day was.  Not only that, we can take that faith that a day this sweet will come again.  Make sure you apply this same lesson to your spiritual walk.  I know some of you are in summer, some are in winter, and some are in between.  If you are in Summer, write a journal, make mental notes, and do whatever else it is you need to do to sear into your heart and mind how God is coming through and providing so that when Winter come again, you will have a reminder that God has before and will again come through.  If you are Winter, then remember that it was not always Winter.  Remember that it was once Summer and that you had other Winters before.  This is just one of those seasons where God is strengthening your faith.  Take heart that Summer will come again.  God has given us seasons not just in our world but also in our lives, and that should be a comfort.
To everything [there is] a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck [what is] planted; 
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.   Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

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