I have reluctantly let go of summer this year because she holds so much meaning for me. As I gazed out the window a few weeks ago I was reminded how the colors had changed from pale to bright, then to deep and rich, as they do year after year. Early summer brings the shy pastel colors of the crocus and violets. Then, as summer progresses, it brings the bold Shasta daisies and honeysuckles. But my favorite colors are the deep, rich hues of late August and September: the wild yellow mustard, the scarlet Indian paint brush, the black-eyed Susan and the deep purple flower whose name I do not know.

Summer parallels the life of a Christian and fills me with deep gratitude for all I have received from my Lord’s gracious hand. To me, all believers exude color. When I first became a member of God’s family I was a shy baby. My colors were pale because I was not very strong. I was much like the delicate violets of early summer. Even though I was full of joy and enthusiasm I hadn’t had time to grow and develop my faith. As time passed and I learned to love and obey His Word, I entered the mid-summer of my walk with Jesus. My colors became as bright and sunny as the honeysuckle. I was growing and maturing as God’s child.

Now I am in late summer, that time when the heat is on. My Lord continues to put me through the purifying fires of tests and trials to purge me of everything that is not like Him. My colors are changing into deep rich ones, those shades of scarlet and purple. Oftentimes I kick and scream when the heat gets almost unbearable. That’s when He reminds me that He is making my life into something beautiful, a life that exudes color and is nourishing to those who are coming after me.

Job, in his affliction, reminds me: “But He knows the way that I take. When he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10 “For You, O God, have tested us; You have refined us as silver is refined. We went through the fire and through water; but you brought us out to rich fulfillment. Psalm 66:10 & 12 (NKJV)

Let God paint some colors into your Christian walk, dear friends. Embrace the changes with praise and thanksgiving, for that means you are growing.

— Rebecca Somoskey