I just spent a few precious minutes catching up with a young friend. As we shared about our summers I confessed I wasn't spending as much time doing in-depth Bible study as I do during the rest of the year. I never want to admit that -- it almost feels like taking time off from God -- and that is NOT what I intend to do. Yet, every summer, my study time lessons as my organized Bible study ends and I begin to do "summer" things.
My wise-beyond-her-years friend Becca reminded me there is a difference in studying about God and just enjoying being with Him. Sometimes we get so caught up in studying to know Him that we forget to simply enjoy His Presence. She thought summer provided that time -- to become more aware of God in our everyday tasks, to experience His creation outdoors, to treasure His perfect timing in providing a change in life's flow. God has a reason for creating the seasons. Becca reminded me that change is good and taking a break from structured study can bring a clarity of mind that will lead to a richer study time later.
I am blessed. I am thankful to God for the summer. I'm thankful for the simple Bible reading plan and shorter study I'm doing to stay close to God. It's not taking time off from God; it's just experiencing Him in a different way. And that can be a very good thing.