I am at a loss. Why? The end of summer is upon us! The month has dwindled down to a drop–
Today, Wednesday, September 21, is THE LAST FULL DAY of summer.
(with a little help from “ye” Old Farmer’s Almanac)
tomorrow–Thursday, at 10:20 AM–is the last moment of this summer.
Gone are the days of. . .
being poolside, dockside, or beachside
chasing lightning bugs
jumping through sprinklers
barefoot walks in soft green grass
But weren’t they wonderful? (And who says ice cream is only for the summer? I have a dear aunt who would strongly concur!)
I hope you were able to enjoy some special times this past summer, dear friend. Did your garden bloom beautifully? Did your friends rejoice with you? Did you share sparkling morning sunlight and evening starlight with someone special? Did you walk increasingly more closely with Jesus?
Among His many characteristics, God is a god of relationship. Look at the friendships of David and Jonathan, of Paul and Barnabas and Timothy. Look at the marriages of Adam and Eve, of Abraham and Sarah, and of Joseph and Mary. Look at the kinship of Jesus and His cousin, John. Look at the bonds between Jesus and the apostles–and Jesus and you.
Relationships span time and seasons. They are important, in every season. So, let’s be thankful for the summer days we enjoyed and praise God for those moments and memories.
But what about difficult days? Have the hottest summer days been accompanied by trying and soul-strengthening trials? Have you been through a personal summer thunderstorm?
If in this past summer you experienced some bitter or difficult times, remember God does not leave us without comfort. We have His Word. We have His ear. We have His Spirit. We have those relationships. Like that gangly last tomato plant, continue to lean on the firm support that only Jesus Christ is. He came and died and rose making that relationship possible–all for you!
- how very much He loves you,
- that He is in control, (and that He is in control), and
- to humble yourself and concede, “Thy will be done.”
With that attitude, we can be thankful for the summer days and for the fall days just around the corner. We can look forward with great expectation to see the unfolding of His good and perfect plan for our lives. We can be encouraged to walk even more closely with Jesus as we enjoy. . .
Colorful leaves (and leaf piles to jump in!)
Uniquely shaped gourds and pumpkins
Hot mulled cider
Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin butter, (pumpkin ice cream?)
And when we don’t know what will happen or when we pray and pray and PRAY for something or someone–let’s commit to wait with expectant eyes to see the realization of the wonder that is God’s will.
Let’s be awed and amazed with. . .
each uniquely colored fall leaf,
each breath of crisp air
each day He gives us.
“This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24