Finding Jesus in the Summertime

In my rampant yes-yes-yes-ing, I said no, without intending to, to rest, to peace, to groundedness, to listening, to deep and slow connection, built over years instead of moments.
— Shauna Niequist

This culture we live in is hard-wired for busyness

It’s easy, even, for a season as sacred as summer — built for relaxation and rejuvenation—  to be squandered as we move from thing to thing, commitment to commitment, without taking a chance to slow down and behold the Creator of all seasons.

Yes, Jesus Himself is the source of our summer days. (Psalm 74:17, Psalm 104:19, Col 1:16, John 1:3). He is the Creator of ice cream sundaes, refreshing bodies of waters to swim in, and lightning bugs caught in mason jars on any given summer night here in the East. 

But in our busyness, it can be easy to miss it. Often in the midst of resting, we think we need to do MORE, be MORE, contribute MORE. Our minds scavenge for self-worth and affirmation in our doing rather than our being, convinced that the more we have on our plate, the more valuable and respectable we are.

But this, my dear friend, is simply untrue (and unnecessary might I add).

You and I, we are more than what we accomplish at the end of a hectic summer Monday. 

You and I, we are not defined by that summer internship with the business of our dreams, or how many summer activities we manage to enroll our little ones in this June. 

You and I, are made for beholding. Made for simplicity. Made for knowing love, being loved, and giving love.

“In my rampant yes-yes-yes-ing, I said no, without intending to, to rest, to peace, to groundedness, to listening, to deep and slow connection, built over years instead of moments.” - Shauna Niequist

I find that it’s the slow summer evenings, with my family on our back porch where we indulge in fresh produce and honest conversation, that the Kingdom of God comes and the beauty of summer makes its way into my senses. I find myself actually being still, and knowing the wonder that this special season brings.

So whatever enjoying this summer looks like to you, do it fully present and alive to Jesus. Do it with grace in your step and love in your heart, living from the conviction that you are made to behold the One who made this season. Find Him in each moment through the art of slowing down and being present. 

Happy summer !

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Stephanie McCloskey