This reminds us of the familiar song, “Summertime and the living is easy…” It is a long-awaited and much-needed season of relaxation and rest, but have we been doing much of it lately? Your family and friends and even your doctor are urging you to take a break. You want to “Press on!” and “Make things happen!” Yes, I know there are lots of people depending on you and it’s going to require burning the candle at both ends and lots of energy to keep ahead.
However, it’s vacation time; and we can’t ignore the necessity of a summer season in our lives. God even considered that we need a time of refreshment and rest. He says so in Hebrews 4:9-11:
“There remains, therefore, a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest.”
And Paul tells us that our God “richly supplies us with all things to enjoy;” that could be enjoying the beauty of nature, relaxing music, building life memories or participating in creative activities. The command doesn’t mean a lazy, irresponsible lifestyle full of indolence, but first and foremost a mental rest, a quiet confidence in the living Lord.
It is our prayer that these thoughts of summer will help you live a little easier life and, who knows, you may even become easier to live with!
Adapted from Seasons of Life by Charles R. Swindoll
Submitted by Presbyterian Women
in the Congregation of Shiloh P.C.