“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy..” Well, we may not quite manage to live up to those words from Gershwin, but for many of us that is what the Summer is meant to be about.
How many conversations have you had that have included, “where are you going this summer?” Maybe like me, you’ve lost count.
“Schools out for summer” Alice Cooper said about writing those lines that the three minutes counting down to the summer holiday are the best in the year.
Or, if your taste is more Sir Cliff than either Gershwin or Alice Cooper, then there’s: “we’re all going on a summer holiday”
And the line “no more worries for a week or two”, gets to the heart of what the hope is – a time to rest, a time not to worry.
Now, we all know that sometimes the reality doesn’t quite measure up: The holiday buckles under the weight of expectations; we discover that sunshine does not magically everything, and we come back even more needing a break than we did when we went away.
But even the very best holiday has this problem: it comes to an end.
At their best holidays are meant to point forward to something even better: to heaven and the perfect rest Jesus prepares for those who love Him.
C.S. Lewis describes it in the final paragraph of his Narnia books:
“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream has ended: this is the morning … at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no-one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
Whatever you are doing this summer, I hope that it is a little foretaste of heaven.