On July 5th, before I’d even cleaned up the charred remains of fireworks,
I went to our local grocery store and was greeted by a display of pumpkins and scarecrows.
A few weeks later, I found an Easter egg in my backyard.
This is a fitting metaphor for my life. In the middle of summer, some folks are getting ready for fall, but I’m still not through with spring.
Maybe you experience time in a similar fashion. If you’ve ever had a rotten pumpkin on your porch in December, you can probably relate.
Don’t you sometimes wish life had a pause button? If only there were more time for porch sitting, I’m sure I’d have noticed that moldy pumpkin a lot sooner and at least added some Christmas lights to perk it up.
Then again, there are days I wish I could simply swipe and move on.
Instead, the world keeps turning at a steady pace and I gallop or plod through each 24 hours finding the occasional Easter egg in July.
Speaking of that, I have a holiday symbol on display right now whose special occasion came and went months ago. Can you spy it in the picture below?
It’s a nativity scene escapee. I kept meaning to put it away but I never got around to it. Of course, now that the calendar says September, and since I have friends who decorate for Christmas before Halloween, I’m pretty sure I can consider myself ahead of schedule instead of behind.
Honestly, I’m glad the angel didn’t end up in the attic. I’ve enjoyed having a reminder of Christmas around all year. It’s the best of both worlds—a little like pushing a pause button, while also reminding me that time moves swiftly and Christmas will be here again before I know it.
If that little figure could speak, I think she’d remind me of something else, too—perhaps share a bit of wisdom gleaned from her renegade year spent observing my family from her perch in our foyer. I think she might tell me that, from her vantage point, she’s seen reasons to rejoice in every single day.
I have no way of knowing what a ceramic figurine would actually say, of course. She might just ask, “Don’t you people ever dust around here?”
I can, however, through scripture, know what God has to say. And while He’s silent on the proper time to display holiday paraphernalia, He does speak to us about the wisdom of living fully in each day…
This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
There is always a reason to celebrate!
Can’t think of one? Here’s a list of holidays paired with reasons to rejoice all year long.
New Year’s- His mercies are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23
Groundhog’s Day- Death is only a shadow for those who know the Lord. Psalm 23
Valentine’s Day- Nothing can separate us from God’s love. Romans 8:37-39
Easter- Christ has conquered death. Isaiah 25:8
Arbor Day- God’s children are as secure as trees firmly planted by streams of water. Psalm 1:2-3
Memorial Day- God will remember His covenant forever. Psalm 111:5
Flag Day- The Lord is our Banner. Exodus 17:15
Independence Day- Christ has set us free. John 8:36
Labor Day- Christ offers us rest. Matthew 11:28-30
Halloween- The Word of the Lord shines in dark and scary times and the darkness cannot overcome It. John 1:5
Thanksgiving- We have abundant life in Christ. John 10:10
Christmas- God sent His Son to save us from our sin. Luke 2:11