Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19
If procrastination were an Olympic sport, I would have more medals than Michael Phelps. Nowhere have I honed my world-class skills of putting things off more than packing for vacation. The night before a trip, usually when I’m flipping channels on the television, I remember I’ve failed to do any laundry and have no clue about the location of my suitcase. Eventually, after another Office rerun, I get around to haphazardly throwing clothes into a random duffle bag hoping I don’t forget anything for the journey ahead of me.
Unfortunately, my lack of preparation always causes me to encounter “interesting” situations on vacation. I can’t enjoy the water because my swim trunks are nowhere to be found. I look a little silly at the formal event with flip-flops because I forgot my dress shoes. Preparation matters more than we know.
Today we embark on a different type of journey…the summer season. Summer is a disruption to the rhythm we’ve lived in for the past nine months. It may very well be a welcome disruption, but we lose our grove nevertheless. So we want to embrace the disequilibrium of summer and use it to prepare us for the fall.
Why? Because for as much as we love the longer days, the warmer weather, and hanging by the pool, it is only a matter of time before we find ourselves complaining about the humidity, traffic, and frizzy hair. We’ll yearn for fall to come and before we know it, it will be here.
But, will we be ready for it? When fall arrives, will our eyes be searching and paying attention to where God is moving in our lives? Or, will our procrastination get the better of us? How can we utilize the summer to grow our faith? What would it look like to leverage the sixty summer weekdays to prepare our heart, mind, and soul for something new?
The disruption of our rhythms can serve as a great season of preparation. If we’re intentional, it leads to new perspectives, new understandings and a new level of trust. Scripture says that those who ask receive, those who search find and those who knock will have doors opened. We can rest on this promise in the midst of this time of preparation.
We aren’t asking to see what we are already looking for. We are asking Him to help us see something new by opening our eyes and learning to be expectant for the new things He wants to do in us and through us.
- How can you utilize the summer disruption to prepare your heart for the fall?
- What aspect of your heart, character, and faith have you procrastinated in addressing?
God, help me to pay attention to my heart. Use the summer months to form and shape my character. May I not put off for another day what I know needs to be handled. Let me pursue Your heart and be ready to take my next step of faith, whatever that might be. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.