King Solomon said there is a season for everything. Everything is so fleeting that it’s hard to keep up. I love the lazy days of summer. People who know me, know that I love the sunshine and heat of the long daylight hours of July and August. And nothing is quite as lovely as spending those days in a hammock. This summer was not one of those summers. It was rainy and, in my opinion, cold. I have never experienced a summer like it! Ugh!
However, the weather was perfectly suited to working on the house renovations that so desperately needed to be completed in our cottage home. The hours when I would have loved languishing in the hammock, were spent scraping and painting, bashing and slashing, banging and hanging. At one point I was on my belly under the claw-foot bathtub which was jacked up just high enough for me to squish under. It was the only way we could lay tile under it without taking out a wall to take the bathtub out of the room! Can you imagine how difficult that was? No, probably not. (It probably looked pretty hilarious too!) In the end it was worth the effort because we saved a lot of money by tiling the room ourselves. In fact, all the hard work has paid off because most of the work got done on a shoestring budget, and the improvements have fixed a lot of problems. Plus, it looks great!
That lovely hammock hanging in my yard on the bank of Joes Brook has hung dutifully waiting for me all summer. Poor, sad hammock would probably turn itself upside-down into a frown if it could. Four days ago, Kreg suggested it might be time to take it down. I don’t want to. I want to go rest in it. I want summertime to return, so that I can indulge in the peace of lying in the shade on a shimmering summer day. Oh well, to everything there is a season: a time to hang up the hammock and a time to store the hammock away. The Bible also says that hope springs eternal, and my hope is in the Lord who holds me in the hammock of His arms every moment of everyday. May you find rest in His arms today…I know I will!
And now, O LORD, for what do I wait?
My hope is in You.
Psalm 39: 7(ESV)