The title of this blog post comes from the opening line of a song titled, “Summertime, Summertime,” that was originally sung back in 1958 by the Jamies, and it was revised in 2020 (YouTube video at this link).
Yes, summertime has officially arrived two days ago here in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a season many folks look forward to with vacations, camping, summer breaks, and, hopefully, times of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Just as there are physical seasons that we go through each year–Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall–there are spiritual seasons that we go through, too. In an article titled, “Spiritual Seasons of Life,” by Susan Smart, a pastor’s wife and cofounder with her husband of CreativeBibleStudy.com, she writes:
Spiritual seasons come into our lives just like the earthly seasons God brings each year.
Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter… which would you say is your favorite season and why? I would have to say Summer is mine! I love the warmth of Summer and being an educator, school is out in the Summer… it’s vacation time!
Here in Louisiana our seasons can be confusing. We can go from sunny, warm temperatures in the 70s one day and then drop back down to the 30s the next with icy rain! That probably happens where you live too! We laugh and say–“Well if you don’t like the weather today, hang on because tomorrow’s is sure to be different!”
What if… what if our favorite season lasted year round? What if… there was only one season?
God knew what He was doing when He created the different seasons. The earth needs each of them, and we need the different seasons He brings into our lives too!
Just like nature has four different seasons, our lives seem to have different spiritual seasons too. (Quote source here.)
She gives a brief describe of all four seasons at this link, and specifically regarding the summer season, she writes:
There are seasons of Summer when life seems warm and relaxed. A spiritual level of maturity or plateau has been reached for a time. And although our spiritual lives may seem somewhat stable, there may come extremely hot periods of spiritual challenges as well as Summer afternoon thunderstorms and even hurricanes down here near the gulf!
Both heat and storms can bring strength though. Daniel’s three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could attest to this fact! Just as in the storms or fires of life, God promises to be with us too! God may use these times of turbulent weather or spiritual tribulation not only to strengthen us, but they also make us appreciate the calm weather that much more! (Quote source here.)
Another reflection on the “season of summer” comes from a writer in Africa, Prisca Motogwa, a Human Resources professional, in a post titled, “Reflecting on the Four Seasons Way of Life.”
As an African, I remain mesmerized by the long Summer days. I absolutely love them. There is something about sunshine and the energy that it brings. Lots happen during summer.
People take breaks from work, children are on break from school, people travel to places all over the world. As we would say in my country, “It really happens in summer”. Summer is about having fun, connecting with those who matter most, traveling and seeking inspiration.
Summer is the time between sowing and reaping. You sowed in the Spring of your life. You pluck out weeds and water your plants in the Summer of your life.
Weeds are the things that will stop you or act as an impediment from reaching your goals. You need to identify them and pull them out.
There is nothing that will grow without being watered. Whatever you have planted in the Spring of your life, needs to be watered. Be it a job, a relationship or a project.
What needs to be watered in your life? (Quote source here.)
And in an article titled, “Understanding Spiritual Seasons,” by Entrice Rowe, a Certified Life Coach, she writes:
The very first time someone told me that the situation I was going through was “just a season,” I was convinced they had no clue! How could what I was feeling be just a season? The more I sought God and grew in spiritual maturity, I came to realize that they were right–that season had been “just a season.” What if we approached life from a perspective of understanding that each season would teach us lessons on strength, endurance, growth, faith, and trust? Would we conduct ourselves differently?
That “thing” you are currently facing whether it is struggles in your marriage, friendships, or relationships with kids, I’m here to tell you that it is just a season. The question is, how do we navigate those seasons?
First we need a road map. We need to understand what is happening during a spiritual fall, winter, spring, and summer. Once we have a clear understanding of the spiritual seasons, we are then equipped to handle whatever life throws our way. (Quote source here.)
She defines all four of the seasons at this link. Regarding the summer season, she writes:
Who doesn’t love summer? This is a time in the natural that we typically mix work with play. I recently read an article that pointed out the contrast of the heat and coolness you experience during the summer. So although we are still diligently working, we should also be taking breaks so that we don’t overheat.
How does this apply spiritually? This is the time to reap what you planted during your spiritual spring. It’s a time to continue to work, while making sure to build refreshment and relaxation in as well.
This is also a time for us to get rid those “weeds” that may want to pop up and get us distracted. If we limit our distractions, a spiritual summer can be very good to us. (Quote source here.)
In another article from a writer in Ireland, Karen O’Reilly, creator and designer of Scriptural Grace, in a post titled, “25+ Beautiful Bible Verses About Summer,” she writes:
Does God speak about summer in the Bible? This was a question that I was asked recently and it made me quite curious! So I set off on an expedition through the Old and New Testament of the Bible to see what Bible verses about summer I could find.
What an adventure I have had and I have found lots of treasure to share with you. You will enjoy the list of summer Bible verses that I have curated for you!
Bible Verses About Summer
God has a lot to say about summer in His word. He has provided us with such wisdom to prepare ahead for the winter months and even to remind us to prepare ahead for a time when it is promised that Jesus will return to our world (it’s all about the Fig tree!). There are Bible verses about celebrating creation, taking time to rest and encouraging Bible verses about shining for the Lord and reflecting His glory.
The seasons are constantly changing and that also brings about a change in our attitudes and in the way we practice our everyday life. The warmer weather lifts our mood and encourages us to relax more. There are longer daylight hours to fill with fun and outdoor activities. In the summer months we tend to relax more and enjoy extra quality time with our family and friends.
Summer is also a time when we slow down and take that much needed vacation with our family. We all need a change and a break from our usual routines. I find that it gives me a fresh perspective on my life and a renewed energy to focus on the months ahead. Do you find yourself like this too?
So with all this in mind I have curated a list of summer Bible verses that you do not want to miss!
I hope you enjoy these Bible verses about summer as you capture a few rays of the sun….or SON over the coming weeks!
Click here to go to all 25+ Bible verses on her post. (Quote source here.)
And speaking of Bible verses, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, King Solomon wrote about the many seasons that come and go throughout our lives:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
I’ll end this post with the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 24:32-35: Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away…
But my words . . .
Will never . . .
Pass away. . . .
YouTube Video: “Seasons Change” sung by Michael Ketterer:
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