My husband and I have remarked so very often that we are “summer people”. We often wonder why we have settled in an area that has a winter climate eight months a year, when we seem to love summer so much? I guess that is one reason we try to squeeze every bit of summertime living into those few months, making the most of being outdoors and soaking up all the sunshine and warmth we can before winter is once again upon us.
Our family has grown by one precious granddaughter in July. Our sixth grandbaby. Watching my baby girl with her baby girl fills my heart with joy. The new parents are a team, navigating the first couple of weeks of parenting learning as they go. They will learn as I have that time goes by so swiftly. One minute, I am rocking my child in my arms, the next moment I am rocking her child in my arms! It’s hard to fathom.
It’s like summer. I’m soaking up all that time spent with my children and grandchildren, making memories now, because this season in time is so short.
Wise Solomon wrote these words of wisdom and I ponder them today:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.
I’ve also concluded that whatever God does, that’s the way it’s going to be, always. No addition, no subtraction. God’s done it and that’s it. That’s so we’ll quit asking questions and simply worship in holy fear.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14 (The Message)
Thank-You, Lord for this choice season!