“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” (Henry James, 1843- 1916) These words are perfect to describe a beautiful sunny, summer afternoon — kicking back with an ice cold lemonade and just watching the world go by. To my mind, there could be nothing better. It reminds me of the old Lighthouse tune “Sunny Days”: “Sunny days/Oh sunny, sunny, sunny days/Ain’t nothing better in the world you know/Than lyin’ in the sun with your radio.” Now a days I suppose it would be “lyin’ in the sun with your MP3” or whatever what’s it or thing-ma-na-jig is popular now. Note the precise technical language that I use, as I always strive for accuracy.
But I don’t even try to keep up with the technology, as it is changing too quickly for me. Why I even have a cell phone from the Stone Age (at least that is what my daughters tell me) — a flip phone, which suits me just fine, despite frequent messages from my cell phone provider trying to persuade me to update my phone. But for me, my cell phone does its duty and I see no reason to change. And unless someone can give me a convincing argument as to why I should update my phone, I’m not going to!
Anyhoo, that is my rant for today; so now back to the beauty of a summer afternoon.
I read recently, in the comics no less, another wonderful quote by James Dent (1963 -?). He said, and I love this: “A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.” Marvelous, eh? Unfortunately, my lawn mower works just fine. The only thing wrong with it is it starts first pull every time. The thing is just too efficient, darn it!
There’s something wonderful about summer isn’t there? Despite the heat, the humidity, the bugs and everything else that we love to complain about, summer for most people is the time to take a break from everyday activities. People go on holidays, visit family and friends, have barbeques or simply stay at home and relax.
But there is one thing that summer is not and that is a time to take a break from the Lord. We must remember that He is the Eternal God and He is an everlasting presence in our lives. This means cannot fold Him up as we would a winter coat and put Him away for the summer, only to take Him out of storage when we feel we need Him.
It is vitally important that we continue to serve Him, for the work of the Kingdom is ongoing. And it will be until our Lord returns.
So continue to enjoy your summer days, but remember Who it is you owe your allegiance and thank Him for calling you as His own dear child.