“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
I write this June letter in the middle of May. The third stage of the government roadmap comes in to play today as I do so, and we are beginning to experience a glimmer of hope as we head towards the summer months and as we emerge more confidently from what seems like an endless period of lockdown.
The month of June reminds us of summer and the clear skies and the warmth of the sun – hopefully. I love this time of year with its longer days and shorter nights. It is a time when more people are out and about. We bump into folk and manage to have more spontaneous chats with them as we go about our daily business, assuming we are blessed to be able to get out of course. Even if housebound I guess it must be much more pleasurable to sit by the window and to be able to see what is going on outside rather than staring out into the darkness.
In thinking what to write I began to wonder what bibles verses there were which could be linked to the summer season and there are many, especially in the creation narratives and in the book of Proverbs, the Psalms and in New Testament narratives. One of my favourites is from the Song of Songs which is full of joy, “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land”. (Song of Songs 2:12), a verse that describes a change in seasons. An interesting fact to note is that the turtledove is a kind of dove that hides away in the wintertime and appears again in the spring/summer seasons. Its voice is never heard in winter unless it is a fine warm day! But it reminds me how I long to sing in church again.
Also, the following from Psalm 113:3, “From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised”. This is a wonderful verse about God’s creation praising Him. It also reminds us to praise God all through the day. It keeps our eyes on Him and gives us a better perspective on our day. Of course, in the summer months we have more time between sunrise and sunset to do that. Jesus also spoke of summer to his followers, “Look at the fig tree and all the trees as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near” (Luke 21:29-31).
There are many more verses and if you have access to the internet maybe you could spend some time over the summer reflecting on some of them or on the those already mentioned. (I could provide a list).
Our God is good, we are blessed with wonderful seasons and especially I think in the summertime. As we enter summer we do so with a sense of eager anticipation and joy. Try to delight in it as we move through it giving thanks for God’s blessing on us.