It is May! That means summer will be here soon…after all, it begins as this month ends. Many of us spend the rest of the year looking forward to this time of year. Some look forward to spending time at the beach, some in the mountains. Still, others look forward to being home tending a garden or spending Saturday nights at a race track somewhere. Fishing, camping, spending warm evenings star gazing, riding bicycles, and taking in the plethora of outdoor activities that western New Yorkers pack into the relatively short time that summer is here, are just some of the many opportunities that summer offers. This year in particular, after a season of COVID-19 induced inactivity, we are all the more ready to get out there! But we cannot control the trajectory of a virus.
But let’s not look past the gift that is the month of May because it is so fleeting. Make it a point to enjoy the tree and flower blossoms that are unique to this month. Let’s make it a point to witness and enjoy the simple beauty of the grass as it greens, the birds as they build nests, and the days as they lengthen and warm.
All of our summer activities need to be squeezed in between Memorial Day and Labor Day because after the Fair, after Labor Day, well, we get ready for the next season (which, I think, we are calling football season again).
We cannot control the comings and goings of the seasons. All are a gift from God and even though we prefer one season over another we cannot choose to accept or refuse. What we can choose is how we will respond to the gifts He offers. Not only the gift of the month of May but all of the gifts we are offered.
The Bible tells us that all good gifts come from God. As we enjoy the many activities that the spring and summer have to offer in our area, let’s remember to give thanks.
Let’s all enjoy today and every day. And give thanks.