Whether by necessity or desire, many people set out to accomplish something over the summer months, which somehow we had not been able to do earlier because of busyness or the weather. Now the relaxing of summer is upon us, we have decided that this is a good time to tackle this project, whether large or smaller in scope. Unless we have been proactive and got into it right away, usually by this time or a later in July, we suddenly wake up in a panic and think, "The summer is half over and slipping by and I haven't even started doing what I had hoped to have finished. What am I waiting for?"
This mid-summer awakening of the leisurely doldrums we have fallen hypnotically under its lulling influence is a good reflection to apply to our spiritual lives as well. Because like the proverbial summer, we can assume that we have lots of time left to put things in order if needs be. There is no hurry about getting too spiritual too early in one's life; we will just go with the flow and roll with the punches. It's no big deal! Heaven can wait, and so can God. Besides, we are still in the vicinity and fairly close by.
There are ample warnings about not forsaking this advance planning and activity when it comes to attending to the matters of our souls and hearts. You may recall Jesus' parable about the rich farmer who anticipating a very bountiful harvest decided to pull down its barns and granaries and to build larger ones to store his bumper crop. Then he told himself that he could now relax, be merry and enjoy his good fortunes for many years to come. However, "God said to him, 'Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?' So it is when a man stores up treasure for himself in place if making himself rich in the sight of God." (see Luke 12:16-21). St. Paul tells us that we are to be ready to give an accounting of our lives to God.
Life is so short and precious, so let us spend our time well and consciously grow in our virtues and pattern of holiness to share more deeply in the divinity of God, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity. Every season is proper to our devotion and honour of God, as we seek to fulfill His plan by becoming obedient to His will in all things. As carefully as we plan our earthly activities, similarly some thought should be given to our eternal destination with God in heaven, and how we might ensure this by remaining close to God all our days. After all, eternity lasts forever!