As the school year came to an end last week, my students gave many a pitying glance to their peers whose summer plans involved summer school. School does not usually make the top three ways to enjoy summer break. However, it is where many of us find ourselves this year. When my fiance reflected on his deployment thus far he said that he is looking forward to our reunion, but “I am content to be here where I am, in God’s classroom,” I could identify with that analogy because I love school and everything associated with it.
I started to reflect on other extreme challenges that I have had over the years and I noticed that it wasn’t uncommon for them to climax over a summer. For example, when I was 12, my first puppy died at the end of May and I had to work a paper route that whole summer in order to save up enough money to buy my second dog. Jump forward 12 summers or so, my heart was broken when my boyfriend ended our relationship just a day before I left on a summer trip. I grieved that entire summer and thensome. Call it coincidence if you will, but I think that God has an affinity for summer school. Perhaps He knows that over the summer we tend to relax, take in the sun, and interact with other people in a way that we normally don’t during the rest of the year. This change of pace allows us to better handle some of the more difficult trials that must come our way at some point in order for us to reach the next level of refinement.
With that said, here I am in summer school once more. I’m about 10 days into this class and the focus has been on trust – trusting my fiance’s love for me even while he is so far away and communication is sporadic; trusting my family and friends to give me the counsel I need to hear when I start to get discouraged; trusting myself as I seek to become the best helpmeet I can be for My Love; and most of all, trusting Jesus as He guides me through His summer syllabus. He knows what I need to learn the most.
My plan is to write a weekly update on what I am learning in class each week. I know that I am not the only one attending summer school, though we may all be in separate classes. I hope that what I share may be an encouragement to you.