Friday, June 10, 2011

Endless Summers!

And it's finally here! Yipeee! I love summers too! In fact, it's my favorite season. No surprises there, I guess.

Summer in Chicago reminds me of life in the Philippines. It reminds me of vacations, sunburns, and hammocks. It brings back great memories of melting ice cream, pitchers of iced water, and lots and lots of halo-halo. It was the time to jump into waves of salty water under the blazing sun, having limitless blue skies with fat clouds and long picnics! Summers are of endless, warm nights when families stay out at the patio or their backyards watching the stars and just simply loving life.

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 Maybe this is why summer has always been synonymous with youth and being at the peak of our lives. The heat probably gives us the idea of that youthful energy and vigor. Oh, how we wish summer will never end, just like when people would want never to grow old! Is this why the search for the fountain of youth continues, and people still put in their money and hope on products and promises that claim to keep them young and younger? Sorry to say but that search is futile. We can keep on fooling ourselves that we are invincible, and that life remains glorious, and that summer will never end in our part of the world, but the truth remains ---everybody grows old, we wrinkle and we age, summers turn into fall, and fall becomes winter. Or in the tropical countries, summer ends then rainy and typhoon season begins. This is the normal cycle of the seasons. 
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." -Ecclesiastes 3:1

Thanks be to God that there is real hope. It is possible to age gracefully, to enjoy life in every season, and to look forward to the next summer of longer days, endless nights, and more fun! He promised that there will be no more darkness in heaven, that we wouldn't even need the sun to give us light because His glory alone will be more than enough to illuminate the whole place! Imagine a place with true endless summers, and no bugs to come with it either! He also promised we will have better, glorified bodies that would make the search for that fountain of youth seem so ridiculous! No more aging, no more aches and pains, no more sickness or diseases, and no more deaths! Perfect endless summers indeed!

But as for now that we are still in this fallen, imperfect world, we must always remind ourselves of God's truths so we can never take off our eyes from the ultimate prize. We must tell ourselves, and encourage one another especially during the fall and winter seasons of our lives, that summer is coming back again. It is so easy to be discouraged and feel sad when things in life take the wrong turn. We are an emotional specie and God made us this way so there's nothing wrong when we feel. Our feelings is what makes us different from the rest of creation. Even God feels. He wept, remember? But we must also remind ourselves that we can't completely trust our feelings. Too many layers of imperfections, too many inputs from worldly wisdom, and too much dilutions from its original state have made our emotions too unreliable. That is why God tells us to persevere and to endure despite of our emotions. To trust in Him with our minds and intellect, not only with our hearts. To be alert and always be ready in and out of season.
"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine." -2 Timothy 4:2

Are you enjoying your summers?

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