Summer is barbecue time, and swim time –beach time or pool time. Summer is thunder storms and rainbows, humidity alternated with clear blue skies and cool summer breezes. Summer in my yard is lightning bugs and humming birds and weeds that won’t quit ! Summer is “replace your vitamin D time.” Summer parades begin with Memorial Day –and then there’s flag day, and moving to local fun, the blueberry parade—Summer is driving to vacation sometimes and hearing “Are we there yet?” It seems that plaint never changes.
But where has summer gone? The days have been filled with work or play, and they’ve passed by one by one until suddenly they’ve passed by one by one or 7 by 7, or 20 by 20…and August arrives.
I have to admit, the older I get, the faster the days pass. Someone told me it’s a matter of math. At one year old, a day was 1/365th of my life, but at 70 ! A day equals 1/22550th of my life….No wonder such a small fraction seems to go so fast.
I can’t remember where I read this statement, but it has remained in my memory for a long time: “Remember, Lord, you live in centuries, but we live day by day.” We recognize that our human lives are a daily walk, sometimes a daily struggle, sometimes a daily joy. But the seasons continue to go on…the days go from dawn to dark, the weather changes, the children grow up, and human beings grow older. But God tells us that his existence, his patience, his grace, and the hope he offers us Is eternal. God is not a fair weather, summer friend, but an “always presence”. Whether it’s sunny or thundery. Whether it’s gray or bright. Any circumstance is only a small fraction of eternity. It’s hard to remember when the days are difficult. But it’s also good to remember that the promises God has promised are true and trustworthy. And in the history of God’s relationship with human beings, we can trace the truth of the promises, through generations, through history. It may seem to take too long for us, but the promises have proven to be true. When things get tough for me, I have this quote from Rick Warren that I use to help: “I am here by God’s appointment/ I am in his keeping/ I am under his training/ he will show me his purpose in his time.”
So, where has summer gone? Where it always goes. Past. Into autumn and then winter, and then Spring –and it comes back once again. It’s something we can count on. It’s nearly as trustworthy as the promises God has made.
I invite you to visit a place of worship this week – and hear the long, long history of promises made and kept. Listen to and sing words of hope and grace. Renew yourself as summer goes by, and prepare to wait for it to come again.
Rev. Dr. Marcia Dorey is pastor of the Halifax Union Society.