Summer can be a time of rest for us. There is work to be sure, but there is, too, a laziness about summer. The busyness of the school year is over. Vacation beckons—road trips, camping, plane rides, family time, reunions….
The fullness of creation beckons in the summertime. The days are long, and the nights are shorter. The grass and trees are green. Warm nights invite us to gaze at campfires or at the stars. Our summer encounters with creation can serve both to enrich our own relationship with God the Creator and to open us to new ways of bringing that creativity into our lives.
God models for us, in the first creation story in Genesis, the rhythms of work and rest. In God’s good creation, human beings are given everything we need before we ever put our hands to work. We were made to enjoy the natural world, walking in peace and friendship with God (see Gen. 3:8). And God rested on the 7th day…the Sabbath…..and we should remember His example.
So take some down time this summer and meditate on the vastness of God’s creation. What do the big things speak to you about the nature and character of the One who has created them? What do you notice about yourself as you spend time with this facet of the Creator’s revelation in creation? Or meditate on the intricacy of God’s creation. Who is this God who made and set in motion a world and universe for our bodies and souls to inhabit? What does God have to say to you?
You might be surprised at how much time you have!
Deborah Gretzinger (no R.E.-Gretz)