Summary: Our lives have seasons like summer: heated, turbulent, conflicted. This is a result of unconfessed sin and of not listening to God’s priorities.
Every season of the year has its joys and its challenges. But
God has ordained them all for the benefit of His creation.
And every season of our lives has its joys and its challenges.
Yet again God has ordained all these for the benefit of His
Every season of the year is important. The earth needs the
spring rains and gentle sun as tender plants germinate. It
needs the chill of autumn as growth cycles are completed
and harvests are brought in. Creation needs winter so that it
might rest and replenish from the snows. And then there is
summer – when the heat of the day and the labor of the
farmer are most intensive, so that growth can take place.
God has ordained all seasons for creation, and all are
But your life and mine has its seasons, too. Our lives are
lived out in different modes, and each one has its own
special challenge. Sometimes we may feel quite springlike:
creative, energetic, dynamic. We may feel as though
everything is really bursting and nothing can stop us! A
springtime, refreshing and wonderful.
Or we may feel wintry: dormant, quiet, ready to hibernate.
Most of us get to the place from time to time where we just
need to sit and be quiet. Winter in your life might be a time
to go off and plan; or it may just be a time to go off, period.
Pogo Possum said it in an old cartoon, “Sometimes I sets
and thinks, and sometimes I just sets.” That’s winter in your
Or maybe it is autumn for you. You are settled and doing
what you love to do, and all’s right with the world. You have
said “Yes” to the opportunities that grab you, and have said
“No” to those that do not capture you. You have established
a way of life. Autumn is a wonderful life season; it means
that you have made peace with who you are. If that’s you,
praise God and be thankful.
But it may be that for you it is not spring, with its dynamic
growth; not winter, with its time to reflect; nor autumn, with its
satisfied routine. It may be that for you it is summer, and in
summer the heat of the day and the turbulence of keeping
yourself together are too much. Too much; and your
strength is failing.
I don’t do summer very well. I have a problem with summer.
Summer for me is the season of confusion and conflict;
summer is the time of struggling to balance too many things
and deal with too many pressures. I don’t do summer very
well. I have a simmering summer season in my life.
Every summer I find that I have to do a balancing act that is
often very confusing and very frustrating. First, although
everybody is talking about vacation, the routine work of the
church has to go on. There is no stopping it. The first thing I
am going to do when I get to heaven is to ask the Lord if He
really had to put a Sunday in every single week! It would
have been nice to have had an occasional break.
Beyond the routine, human needs go on and actually even
intensify in the summer. People’s needs do not subside just
because the calendar says it is summertime; in fact, they
actually become greater. Many times I’ve been called back
from some trip because one of our frail elderly members had
succumbed. The hot weather has something to do with that.
But beyond the routine work and the intensified human
needs, I find summer frustrating because there are things
that need to be done, but church leaders are away,
committees cannot get quorums, key workers are out of
place, and we spin our wheels, with lots of effort but little to
show for it. Summer can be very frustrating!
Plus I do want to balance in my family’s need for time away; I
must balance in the work that has to be done on the house
and the yard; and I must balance in other needs, like the
need to study or the need to plan, all of it in the blistering
heat and the sweltering humidity, when I would really rather
sip lemonade in the shade! Summer is confusing,
frustrating, and a huge problem. I don’t do summer well.
But then isn’t that a picture of what happens for many of us
in our lives? We have summer seasons in our hearts. We
have times in which we find ourselves confused, battered,
pushed, pulled in a host of directions, and, in the end,
immensely unsatisfied. Don’t you feel yourself weakened
and worn, wishing you could get away, but you can’t? Tired