Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5
I will admit to being somewhat of a complainer when it comes to summer heat. Maybe it’s because I grew up on that cold, damp island that floats just off the coast of Northern Europe, or maybe it’s a result of 25-years living in Florida (the pits of heat and humidity). Regardless, I am just not a fan when it comes to anything over 85-degrees.
However, it is just a few months, and here in North Carolina we really do enjoy a perfect balance between the seasons. Plus – and I can’t say this enough – summer is certainly not without its benefits.
Hence the lead image of peaches, ripening on the windowsill in the kitchen. If a hot oven is what summer feels like, then peaches are what it smells like.
Feel, smell, taste, see, hear:
We have a fruit and vegetable stand within walking distance of the house and these are absolutely Carolina peaches. I like to cut them up and put them on my cereal at breakfast. Fresh, juicy, sweet with just the slight edge of a tang.
If peaches are what summer smells like, then tomatoes are what it tastes like. Specifically sandwich-sized tomatoes, right out of the ground, plus a little lettuce, a lot of bacon, and Duke’s mayonnaise between two slabs of fresh-baked bread.
What summer looks like is the vivid tones of garden color splashed in generous sunshine. Our hydrangea plants are especially brilliant this year. That and the black-eyed Susans. Then it’s going to be the crepe myrtle, the daylilies, the sunflowers and more. All against the backdrop of a thousand different greens.
This time of the year sounds like the singing of the birds, the shouts and the laughter of children in vacation Bible school, the music of waves crashing on some distant beach.
Most of all, and much more than January 1, summer marks the passage of time. Children advancing to the next grade, epic vacations taken, family reunions, mission trips, moves made to new places.
What will this summer mark for you and for your family? Whatever it is, a beginning or an ending, a change or a renewed commitment to the same, this summer can be a key moment in the journey because it stands as an invitation to tomorrow, a wide-open gate, a restoration point on the road less traveled by.
“Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” – Revelation 21:5
This is going to be one epic summer!
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.