Apparently there's this term describing the feeling you get when summer is done. How come I was never aware of this back at the beginning of my LIFE?!
They call it...
The Summer Blues
Its a phrase, destined to grasp the user's attention of the internal angst a person has developed over the last few weeks of the summer season. You know that feeling... you hear the words, "back to school", and its as if a nerve is pinched from your brain to your stomach, and it begins to churn. Your blood starts to thicken and slow down, your skin begins to shiver, and your mind begins to panic.
"I don't want this summer to end. I never really had a summer. I'm so worried for this upcoming year. I won't make it through another day. I hate the winter and all the cold."
Before you know it, you've already forgotten about the summer you've had. All the good memories, and fun times had have disappeared from the face of your hippo campus. You begin your retreat into hibernation, your descent into a deep sleep. Maybe you're not feeling that way.
Maybe you've had a horrible or meh summer and are in utter anticipation of the inauguration of the new school year. I would ask, "How do you do it?" How do you embrace the beginning of something so not what you've been used to? Whatever you're feeling or going through, there is hope in new beginnings.
I'm pretty sure the topic of almost all my writings, end up coming to the same point. I AM BAD WITH CHANGE. But God, (I'm always thankful for the but part) has showed me a lot this summer with change.
Seasons have a way of transitioning so smoothly, you ever noticed? The way the colours change so gradually from summer to fall, the cooler temperatures begin to settle in, and even our bodies adapt so smoothly. The way the snow comes in the winter ever so softly, and freezing temperatures grace the hardest of hearts. Then in spring, the way the sun begins to break through the ice and the ground begins to form life again. All of it in perfect sequence, never missing a rotation.
Humans are harsh. We quit a job, start another one the next day. We sell a house, buy a car the next week. We get rid of one friendship and start another one. We suck with transitions and I ramble on. The point is, GOD NEVER CHANGES. HE IS UNWAIVERING. HE IS NOT MOVED BY MEN.
What do I mean by all that.
While we as humans change everyday; our emotions, our knowledge, our relationships, our perspectives, God does not. He remains the same person, yesterday, today and forever. There is an anchor buried in the deepest part of the soul of a person that understands how beautiful it is to know truth.
"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8
He stands the test of time, he stands through all ages, all genres, all of history, all natural disasters, he stands through it all. And when we strip away of all of life and what it has to offer; careers, money, power, riches, materials, travel, vacations, entertainment, artistry, fame, and everything else, all that remains is Him. The author of this thing called life and the cheerleader at the finish line, waiting for us so patiently.
Please, don't waste your life.
Learn how to roll with the punches of the in-betweens, yes the transitions are the worst to go through, and change is hard, but its so worth it when you persevere to the end. When you find yourself on the other side of the changes of life, you will be overjoyed to know that God needed to take you through the pain to make it through to the glories that He has for you. You will find out the more you go through the changes of life, that it all plays a part in the unfolding of God's awesome plan for your life. What if Moses never climbed the mountain? What if Abraham never convinced his heart to sacrifice Isaac? What if Noah never got on the boat? What if the Israelites never crossed the sea?
What if...Jesus never went on the cross for us?
I'm thankful for the unwaivering character of Christ. Without it, these summer blues would definitely take the best of me. But there is hope, we have this hope in Christ that we can make it through any situation, any stage of life, any tragedy, any encumbrance. Without Him, we can do nothing, but with Him, you better be prepared for all the things He wants to do with you. With this school year, with the bully at school, with your co-worker, with your neighbour across the street, with the homeless, with the widow, with the orphan, with the rich, the poor, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Are you ready for what God has for you this year?
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24