Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? – 2 Peter 3:11, 12
Now that it truly feels like summer here in Central Illinois, I’m eagerly anticipating all the seasonal activities we enjoy as a family – exercising outside in the cool mornings, eating meals on our deck, gathering in the evenings to listen to music on the front porch, playing board games, taking day trips, and – at long last – enjoying a vacation near the Great Lakes.
Before our down time together always comes work, though. A house in need of updating and renovating, a passion for gardening, and 4-H projects to complete ensure that we will always have plenty to keep us busy. One day blends into the next, and items on our to-do lists are steadily crossed off.
It is a growing season, a time of fast-forwarded productivity, and it’s my favorite time of year.
During the long winter months, I dream of things like fireflies in the twilight fields, the smell of the roses that grow by my front porch, the taste of seasonal strawberries, and the satisfying feeling of tired muscles and a job well done.
Reading 2 Peter this morning, I was reminded that our entire life on earth is a time of anticipating and preparing for a glorious new season.
Having so much to look forward to – the coming of our beloved Savior, followed by an eternity enjoying a new heaven and new earth – should encourage us to continue the work of the Christian life, here and now.
Knowing that we are passing through this life on the way to our final destination, we can press on for another day.
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. – 1 Peter 2:11
We can submit to the Holy Spirit’s control of our lives.
We can love more perfectly.
We can maintain our joy in difficult circumstances, knowing that a new season lies just beyond the horizon.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. – John 14:3
What summer activities are you looking forward to? Do you ever feel like a “stranger and pilgrim” in this life? What are you looking forward to most about life in a new heaven and new earth? I always enjoy your comments.