Summer officially arrived on the twenty-first of June, and if you are anything like me, you’re doing a happy dance! I love summer, pretty much everything about it, except for those scorching hot Texas summer days. Cast that aside, and I love the “feel” summer has to it. It has a vibe, a mood, a special place in my heart that goes back to when I was a young girl.
I remember lying on my back in the freshly mowed St. Augustine grass, sun in my face, barefoot, hair in a ponytail, sweaty and giggly, without a care in the world as I gazed upon the wide-open sky. I would stare at the clouds, their endless shapes, the way the sun reflected upon them, and I would daydream. I had recently watched an episode of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, where he encouraged his young viewers to mentally outline the clouds in the sky and create pictures or portraits. In the clouds, I would find faces of queens, giants, castles, elephants, you name it, and I let my imagination go wild. I felt fully alive and completely free all at the same time. That day, a seed was planted in my heart. With all the grandness my five or six-year-old life had to offer me, I had the most definite sense that anything was possible in life.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” As an adult, when I am still and quiet enough, when I am meditative and reflective, when I tune into God’s voice instead of the incessant noise of the world, I still feel anything is possible. Yet, with summer it seems magnified; it’s truly the time of year which speaks to my soul. It’s as if God created this season to break free of the everyday duties accompanied by fall, winter and spring. With summertime, my creativity soars, my playful, fun and carefree spirit bursts forth like a firecracker on the fourth of July. I yearn to connect with friends, travel, take naps, swim, make summer salads, watch movies. I want to live life and live it abundantly (John 10:10). I truly enjoy my family, especially watching my two young boys just be kids. I love the feeling in my home, which is relaxed and easy going. The beauty of no agendas, no set schedule, no excessive planning or “have to’s” revives the weary soul from the previous seasons of commitment and duty. I believe God knew we would need a season to just enjoy what He created. Thank you, God, for the gift of summer. It really is the time to “eat, drink, and enjoy the life God gave you,” (Ecclesiastes 8:15).
Questions to Ask:
How can you enjoy the summer season more? What are some small ways you can add value to this time of year and “enjoy the life God gave you”?
Thank you, Lord, that You are the creator of the universe and each season under the heavens. All the seasons are a blessing and a part of Your divine creation. Summer is special in that we enjoy the beauty of nature, the gifts of relaxation and longer days to enjoy the sun. We praise you for being the author of this time of year and all it does to add abundance to our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Have a Ball at Christ Chapel’s Playgrounds
Did you know Christ Chapel’s playgrounds are open during the week? Invite a friend and bring all the kids for a happy summer outing. For more info in the playgrounds, click here.
Fort Worth Campus Hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
West Campus Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.