August is a different month. It is the only one in the year with no legal/religious holidays, although I found a list for some that are bizarre and unique.
In fact, today is “Sneak Some Zucchini onto your Neighbor’s Porch Day.” Hum. I’ve already missed National Chocolate Chip Day and National Watermelon Day. But I could still celebrate both if I choose.
School buses will begin running this week, the children waiting with new backpacks and supplies. Teachers will anticipate a little chaos and parents are hoping to get back to a regular schedule so “things settle down.” I’m not sure that ever happens in our rushed, over-committed kind of living.
The Kentucky State Fair begins August 17. When I was a youngster, the fair was our last hooray before school started in September. Our family always went on a Saturday. My parents, my aunt and my cousins piled into the car, arriving early and planning to stay all day.
Dad liked the army displays. I liked all the farm animals. We ate corn dogs and drank the fresh squeezed lemonade. It was a fun, family activity, and we were worn out at day’s end.
One exciting event in August this year is the total solar eclipse visible in the United States, and I am looking forward to the 21st. Nothing will be on my calendar except to experience it. I’ll probably brew a pot of afternoon coffee and take my seat outdoors. The free glasses I got from my library are supposed to be a safe way to observe this phenomenon.
The eclipse and the wonder of our world brings a verse in Job 26:14 to mind,
And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?
Though August has no holidays, there are reasons to celebrate. In fact, everyday is a reason to celebrate. It is the day God has made and handed to us as a gift. We should rejoice and be glad.
I acknowledge that there are problems and heartaches, and some days we can only put one foot in front of the other. But there is a God in heaven who sees the earth He created. He is not too busy or distracted to care about each person individually. He is involved in our daily lives and is always working out His purpose for us and through us. It’s an amazing thought and something upon which to meditate.
If we only hear God’s faint whisper, perhaps the thunder of His power is His everlasting, unchangeable, inexplicable love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son . . . ”
Something to consider. Something to celebrate.
And those are my Tuesday thoughts.