Summer is Simmering

“Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.” – Psalm 1:1-3 (NLT)

My seasonal allergies started acting up yesterday. It can be a very debilitating experience, especially when I first had it 16 years ago. But like many other things that come our way, we hopefully find ways to deal with them as God supplies us with the strength and patience.

The good thing about it is I know summer is coming up. I consider it a God-given gift to remind me that summer is actually coming. We’ve seen an uptick in the temperature and more penetrating rays of the sun in the last couple of days, which totally agrees with the allergies I’m having right now. So be it!

It is interesting that God designed nature in its changing seasons to reflect what goes on in our lives. For many who endure disheartening trials, the winter of life can be long and protracted whereas some of us seem to be in the springs and summers all the time. Weather is an important aspect of our lives here in Canada. It dominates the topics of our conversations and so it should. It allows us to connect to each other. It reminds us that we have shared experiences. It reminds us that we’re human.

I pray dearest reader that when you’re contemplating this today – whether you’re in the apex of success or in the valley of suffering – or even in the midst of a potential transition in your life when you’re uncertain of the direction that you’re headed in the immediate timeframe, I trust that you’ll trust God for the weather He has put you in. My allergies are a reminder to me that the days of irritation and congestion are but mere transition – a sign that better days lie ahead. Then cold, winter days may come along somehow. But here I am managing my allergies as I anticipate summer is simmering…

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