I think God graced us with four seasons for a reason. We may not think we like change, but I think everyone needs change in their life once in awhile. So one thing that always changes is the seasons. You never have to worry in Manitoba about the weather staying the same. Weather is basically different every single day of every single month of every single year. These next four blog posts will be titled after seasons and my thoughts on them - a few stories included possibly!
Warmth. Growth. Sunshine. Green grass. Swimming. Bonfires. Picnics. Birds. Camping.
All these things, and more, spell summer to me.
When my Mom was still alive I would dare to say that summer was her favorite season. She always made the most of that season. She would only spend necessary amounts of time inside, always longing to get to her gardens and yard. So when I think of summer I think of Mom, hard work, and outdoors.
The “summer” of my life was probably the earlier years of my existence. (Maybe ages newborn through seven.) No worries in life - always sunshine.
Imagine this with me; a young girl in a flowing, long, white dress running through a canola field that is in full bloom. Arms wide open, embracing the warm wind as it plays with her thick, wavy auburn hair. Chasing nothing but her wild spirit as it leads her on a trail that only it knows. Eyes closed, and heart full of joy, she lays down on a bed of soft yellow flowers. A smile playing on her lips she opens her eyes, but to her surprise dark, towering clouds are covering the once clear, blue sky. Frightened she scrambles to her feet. This time she knows her destination…
Carefree can be ever so romantic a thought. My early years of life feel as carefree as that metaphor. But we as Christians are not called to be carefree. We are called to be awake and alert to the changing of the “weather”, as that girl suddenly was. Then our shelter to which we always run should be Jesus. He is always the best destination. Not only that though; Jesus offers permanent residency. I would highly suggest giving up a temporary home for an eternal home.