We are in the final “dog days” of summer. These summer days are the Lord’s gift to us – along with peaches, plums, blackberries, watermelon, and sweet corn.
Surely, the Lord at least once trailed His fingers lazily in the cool waters of the Sea of Galilee. Surely, He at least once savored the taste of a ripe peach, as the juice ran down His chin. We know He enjoyed the shared laughter of friends.
It cannot be a sacrilege to consider such things. The Bible is filled with detailed descriptions of flora and fauna. The Lord loved His creation then as He does now. He knows our lives – our flaws – intimately, and loves us despite them.
The question is whether we love Him.
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls –
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation” (Habakkuk 3: 17-18).
Lord Jesus, we thank You for the lushness of this season, as we do for all good things. May this time of plenty strengthen us for whatever hardships may be in store. May our abundance not blind us to those in need. In all seasons of our lives, Your love remains constant.