On Monday this week, the sun was blazing, the girls were in the garden, and I did what I always do at the first hint of a new season.
I pulled down all our spring decor and boxed it up, tramped it down the garden to my craft room, put it on its shelf and grabbed the big box on the shelf labelled "Summer."
I know, probably wishful thinking. But the sun was shining, and I figure even if the glorious weather doesn't last, we can at least bring a little bit of summer loving indoors.
For me, summer is sandy toes and sea-shells, water, beach and holiday mode. We may not even have hit half term, but I'm already dreaming of nearly a month in Norway in the summer. Fjordside. Paddling. Row-row-row your boating and midnight BBQs while the sun blazes down.
I bought that little sign last year, because I thought it was cute and summery, and after I bought it, I had another look and wondered maybe if I actually totally disagree with the message behind it. Life's a beach? All life is a holiday? Carefree? Well, certainly not this past year...
And then I got to thinking that maybe it is right after all. Because a beach isn't just a beach in summer holiday mode. It takes the hits of heavy waves, gets flooded, gets all its soft summery sand washed away and replaced with gritty, salty, soaking sea sand that needs those long summer days to roast it out.
We've been on a beach in winter mode this past year, but as summer rolls round again, I'm reminded that there are seasons in life, just as there are seasons in the year. And God designed it that way... the hard, rocky wavy times help us cherish and love the summer ripples better. And that actually in the rocks and waves, you learn to appreciate the lifeboat a lot more. And there is beauty in admiring the majesty of the ocean in its thundering might.
Just as we have learned (and continue to learn) to marvel at the one who has held us through this
So maybe life is a bit like a beach after all.
Anyone else loving these first signs of summer?
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How have you been Savouring the Season this week??