Josh Wilson – Glendale Student Pastor
It’s hard to believe that summer is already coming to a close. It feels like just yesterday it was May when we were dreaming of our upcoming vacations, days staying inside while watching movies, relaxing at splash pads, the global leadership summit, and for a lot of us planning those few days to recharge our batteries. If you’re anything like me, you look back over the summer and just wish it didn’t go by so fast. Summer is one of those seasons that I wish I could repeat over and over again. That is, until I really began to think about it.
Just for fun, take a minute to recap everything you did over summer. I’m sure you can look back and see at least a few highlights from the season (even though we sweated through most of it). I think of memories like going to jr. high and high school summer camp, visiting Washington for vacation, and spending a good amount of time relaxing in the pool with my wife. I look back at all these things with joy, but then I think about what if I repeated them all over again. Or maybe, what if I had to go through four summers back to back? How would I feel by the end of it? There’s no doubt that some parts, like relaxing by the pool, sound great in large amounts, but we all know there is truth behind “too much of a good thing”.
Often the reason our highs throughout the year (be it summer or some other season of life for you) feel so great is because we had to trudge through lows before we got there. And as much as we’d like to get rid of the lows and just live in the highs of life, we know that the harmony of the two is what makes life so beautiful. This thought brought me straight to Solomon’s writings in Ecclesiastes 3:1.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”
This statement is so true in many aspects of life and it’s a great reminder for all of us no matter where we find ourselves. For students going back to school this week, to the businessman who hasn’t had a vacation in years, or even the person who feels like life is finally feeling more settled, God has put us in that place for a season and He will use it to prepare us for whatever He has next.