I have always, always, always loathed the end of summer…as you all know summer is my favorite. I love the heat, I love the sunshine, the garden, the flowers, yes…even the humidity. (I know, I know…I’m crazy.)
But I just love everything about summer. So about this time of year, as the sun starts to set noticeably earlier just a bit each night, the mornings become a bit cooler, and the stores’ shelves are screaming “back to school,” I usually start to seep into a bit of sadness. Sometimes I get really depressed.
All that we waited for (yes, I wait all year for summer!), all we anticipated…it’s already passing by.
We remark casually,
“Where did summer go?” and, “It went by so fast!”
Every year we say those same things. I grumble about it all ending and brace myself for the cooler days that will turn into just plain freezing days, and those early dark nights.
But this year something changed.
As I sat on my deck last night with my littlest guy and we talked about summer coming to an end, I said,
“You know what? This year I am not sad. I am looking forward to the season change.”
Yes, I almost surprised myself!
But we continued to talk about the marvelous reality that summer always comes again. As does every season.
The seasons that change reveal God’s faithfulness to us.
I said to my son,
“The beauty is summer will come back. Just like it always does.”
It’s not like in thousands of years of human history, God has ever said,
“Nope. Summer is cancelled this year.”
We talked about how it’s a beautiful thing to notice the constants in our life that God has ordained because He is the Creator and He is a God of order.
The sun rises every single day and sets every single day. There is never a day that God has said, “Today the sun will not rise.”
And when we look past our own comforts and wants and pleasures and get to know God through every season, it becomes much easier, in fact necessary, to embrace the end…knowing He is faithful.
And we also look ahead knowing, the end is not truly the end…even when this world passes away, He who has promised us eternal life is faithful.