A July letter from Bex:
Summer is officially here – it has been a joy to see the weather slowly improving. Even if there have been some spells of rain and cloud, the presence of good weather can bring something out in us that helps us rest, feel happier and more at peace. In my head, summer is a season for rest and recuperation before the whirlwind of September arrives, and then, before we know it, Christmas is here. So how can we use our summers to draw closer to God?
I have been thinking about seasons changing lately and was reminded of Ecclesiastes 3 where the writer (most likely Solomon) says there is a season for everything – from birth to death, weeping to crying, searching to giving up and silence to speaking, amongst other things. We all experience the good and bad in life and some periods of life can feel uncomfortable when there is pain or conflict around us. Out of this we see what is going on in the world and pray for reconciliation and peace and for the name of Jesus to be exalted.
Yet on a more personal level we can pray for this and also for Jesus to be the anchor in every season that is good or bad, busy or quiet. Quite like the sunny days overshadowing the winter, Jesus can speak into any situation and season and remind us of who He is – constant, faithful, love, hope – and out of that we can be reminded of who we are and what we are made for – children of God, made to enjoy His presence, love others like He does and spread the good news of the Gospel.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 sums it up perfectly when it says “He has made everything beautiful in its
time.” We may not understand what God is teaching us whilst we are in a season, but we can ask Him to show us and reveal to us the beauty of what He is doing and how He is working. It is also a joy to be able to discover more of Him in the times of rest and searching.
This summer why not find time with God to reflect on the previous seasons this year and ask Him to show us where He has been moving? Why not take time to go for walks, marvel at the beauty of creation and encounter God’s peace? Why not ask God to bring healing to your heart where there has been pain, grief or burdens? Why not spend time each day thanking God for all He has done for us and think of one thing a day we are grateful for?