As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.
-Genesis 8:22 NIV
Earlier this week marked the first day of summer. It is the Summer Solstice, which represents the longest day of the year. This is the complete opposite of the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year. I think I like summer better! In the summer, most of us feel more alive, energetic and active. There is so much to do and enjoy in the milder weather and longer days of sunlight. The earth seems to come alive too, producing flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables. Nature joins in as well. The air is filled with the chirps of baby birds singing to each other from tree to tree. These are the happy times of year for many people.
The seasons are a perfect example of balance. When God made the Earth, He seemed to think of everything. His Creation has shown us the differences in seasons with hot and cold temperatures and wet and dry climates. He gave us the land and the sea, mountains and flat lands. It is all in perfect balance. There is a lesson here for us. We need to have balance in our life, too. Making time to work, play and pray is what balance is all about. It’s important to find the perfect balance in our schedules, because if we don’t, we feel depleted at the end of the day. When we get out of balance in our life and start to obsess on something, it throws everything off. Our perspective is not clear. We lose sight of important priorities. Taking care of the many demands on us are important but also taking time to rest and restore our body, mind and spirit is important, too. Leaning too much one way or the other will get us out of sync. We should pray that God reveals to us any areas where we might be out of balance so that our lives can line up in His Perfect Order.