If I ranked seasons…and I do…summer ranks last. Dead last. For some reason God planted me in place after place that heats up to unholy temperatures in summer time. The furnace of Texas and now the furnace of Asia.
Because I know it is the right thing to say, I say God must know what He’s doing and somehow the heat will lead to greater sanctification of my soul. And, because I know a seed must fall to the ground and die before producing anything I can give mental ascent that the feeling of dying in the summer heat might serve a purpose.
Yet…I still enter the heat of summer dragging my feet and fighting a dull, pervasive grumpiness of soul. For three months makeup slides off my face and I feel ugly. For three months, my kids want to swim everyday in the blow up pool and spray each other with the spray nozzle set to the “kill” setting. For three months, the grocery store refuses to turn on it’s a/c until 3 pm. For three months…
I admit I deserve a prize for being a brat. We do run our home a/c day and night in summer. Ice constantly occupies our freezer drawers. My suffering is slight compared to some. But when it comes to discontentment, comparing with others rarely nips my disease of complaining up at the roots.
Instead my eyes opened a little this week to my need to come before the Maker of summer and submit to His seasons physically and spiritually. Is it possible I can grow in the Lord just by being willing to live in the heat that He brings for a while? To even cheerfully set up the pool for my kids in the heat? To put on makeup every once in a while to cheer my soul even knowing it’s going to disappear in an hour? To go to the grocery store and refuse to open my mouth to complain about the a/c schedule?
Learning to come under the reality of my days instead of fighting and wishing and complaining is no small task for me. I just now begin to accept that possibly my whole summer’s spiritual assignment revolves around cheerful submission to the heat of summer.
I wonder what He holds on the other side as I choose to walk through this barrier to contentment. I bet it’s good whatever it is.
What season ranks last on your list? Why?