Hot Fun in the Summertime - June, 2019

Hot town, summer in the city. Summertime, when the living is easy. In the summertime, when the weather is fine. Summertime, summertime, sum sum summertime. Summer breeze makes me feel fine. The boys of summer. Endless summer.

You get the idea. Summer is on its merry way. If we weren’t distracted enough, now the beach is calling. Or the lake. Or the mountains. Anyplace that gets us away from the routines of the rest of the year. We all seem to need a break in the summertime. Pop music is dripping with summer songs. The Bible? Well, the season has a somewhat different meaning in the Bible. Consider the following from Luke 21.

Then Jesus told them this parable. “Think of the fig tree and all the other trees. When you see their leaves beginning to appear, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you will know that the Kingdom of God is about to come.”

Summer is what? It’s a reminder that we need to be ready – spiritually, emotionally, every which way – because it’s NOT about lazy, hazy, crazy days. Instead, it’s a chance to get our priorities straight – which means, in line with what God has in mind for us.

Does that sound dreary? Does it seem that God is out to spoil our fun? Then our priorities truly are warped, if that is the case. Here’s what God has in mind for us.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37:4-5)

Does this sound like God is out to cramp our style? Instead, it sounds to me like it is in God that we will be most likely to find the satisfaction in life that will make us feel complete.

Yes, summer is right around the corner, which is great. But, greater still, God is even closer. And when summer starts with a desire and a commitment to find God in every good thing, we’ll be looking in all the right places. “Seek and ye shall find,” Jesus advised his friends. Sounds to me like the best way to start the season.

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Rev. Rob