Editor’s Note: This blog was written by both Brian and Courtney Kissinger.
Summer must be the perfect time for love, right?
From the beginning of time (or at least the past few decades), it's a commonly known fact that summer is the ideal time for finding love. From that guy and girl duet song from Grease about 'summer lovin'' to Katy Perry and Snoop-WhateverHisNewAnimalNameIs extolling the virtues of California Gurls (the misspelling is Katy's fault, not ours), summer always seems to offer more exciting possibilities than the daily routine of the school year.
Could you even imagine an upbeat song about looking forward to anything in November?
Let's face it, summer 'flings' are popular. For some reason, the concept of meeting someone, rapidly falling in like, and then ending it after a month or two sounds like a great idea. By definition, a 'fling' implies something is going to move forward with great force and then come to a quick, dramatic end. In the case of summer flings, that end is a heartbreak.
But heartbreak is the last thing we want to set up as a goal for the summer. Whether it's your own heart breaking or the possibility of breaking someone else's heart, a fling is settling for so much less than we deserve.
We're made for long lasting, committed love, not a fling that leaves you burned at the end of a season. Even more than you need to protect you skin from the sun, Scripture calls us to guard our hearts:
With closest custody, guard your heart, for in it are the sources of life (Proverbs 4:23).
We don't need to go looking for love, we don't need to rush into romance, and we don't need to worry about finding a crush before the school year starts. The truth is that love can surprise us at anytime.
On the most routine and expectedly boring of days, we can find ourselves encountering great love. God is love (1 John 4:16), and you can be sure that He wants you to be happy even more than you do.
The two of us met on a miserably cold day in February, and God's perfect love showed up in a broken world on a quiet night in December. Enjoy this summer, and trust that God's got a perfect plan for your life, even if you have to wait until after August to figure it out.