The lazy days of summer”: Reality or wistful
dreams? If we’re over twenty the lazy part
disappears, especially if we’re juggling work,
company, opening up cabins, lake outings,
camping, travel, leading church camps or
conferences, and etc. Great for the memory
books, but each comes with overwhelming,
draining agendas,—if we let them.
For example we’ve driven in weekend traffic to
the family cabin desperate for R&R to regroup.
But we hear, “Hey, dad, super. You’re here. Me
and my friends are ready for skiing!” The dad
part of us swells with joy and pride, and we
pull out the boat keys.
Jesus too, found Himself in similar
predicaments. Matthew 14 tells us He sought
solitude with His Father over the beheading of
his friend and cousin, John the Baptist.
Instead, He took pity on the crowd who’d
followed, and healed them (NIV, V. 14). Although
not all were cured, later to the disciples He
said, “‘Get into the boat, and go on ahead.’
Then He went up on a mountainside by Himself to
pray, alone” (V.23).
Like Jesus, seeing the immediate, we push
ourselves into high gear to bring joy, laughter,
and perfection to every circumstance. However,
unlike Jesus, we make no choices in setting
boundaries and continue to run, please, and fix
leaving our sagging spirit depleted.
A prevalent theme in the Gospels is Jesus
example of seeking solitude, “ . . .the crowds
pursued Him to listen and to be healed. But
Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and
prayed” (Luke 5: 15-16).
Was Jesus neglectful? On the contrary, in Mark
6: 32 we read: “ . . . many came and went and
they did not even have time to eat. So they
[finally] departed to a deserted place in the
boat by themselves.” The seemingly demanding,
urgent needs never governed His days.
Jesus didn’t begin His ministry, deal with
emotions, and care for souls He compassionately
loved, or taught multitudes or His disciples,
before revitalizing His spirit with His Father
seeking direction. And His example, as part man,
showed us making choices by setting boundaries
are mandatory for spiritual growth and emotional
health—during any season.
But the ultimate example is His Heavenly Father:
“Then God saw everything He had made was very
good” (Genesis 1: 31). Which meant He didn’t go
back and bake extra trays of exotic, tasty
veggies for Adam and Eve: take them for
additional spins around the garden, or felt He
needed additional notes, in a larger font,
reminding them what they could, and couldn’t
eat. Rather, satisfied with, as is, He smiled,
and on the 7th day, He rested (Genesis 2: 2).
The lazy days of summer are no longer wistful
dreams, but ours for the taking!