A cool breeze smells different.
I know that sounds rather strange, but it does. It smells more open, more alive, more fresh. Whispering in your ears of high mountain peaks, tousling your hair as the leaves of pine trees, tingling your skin with the chill of clear streams; it calls forth longings, it calls forth a sense of adventure for the unknown. The inside of you feels larger, more alive; eager to see places yet unknown, to face challenges yet unmet, to run violently, beautifully into the unexplored. Cold air smells of green, of cool browns, and of blue stretching ever across the sky.
But when such a cool breeze comes, nothing around you matches it. In fact, the sun is beating down on dry dirt, and it’ll be ninety degrees again in two days. But the summer is always the hottest right before it turns into Fall.
The cold breeze is a sign. It’s a hope. It’s a promise.
Cold is coming. Heedless of the sun’s glare, or the cicadas’ whining, the lady Autumn shall come to claim her rightful place. And she’ll come quickly too. One day I’ll look up, and see the leaves – while not the lovely orange or red of more northern climates – still painted yellow and swirling to the ground. What was the daily chatter of volleyball and beaches, will transform into football and bonfires. A rushing wave of wind and storm shall pass over in the night, and the day will dawn clear, crisp, and cool.
So though now I still feel that I am in the midst of summer, this cool breeze is a reminder, a promise. Cold is coming. Just like Christ’s promise of return.
The whole Bible is full of it, whispers of glory and ruling, murmurs of righteousness and peace, shouts of praise and rejoicing. We long for it, do we not? That something inside us, longing so eagerly for that — that something — greater than anything we have ever known. That inconsolable secret in each one of you — the secret which hurts so much… the secret also which pierces with such sweetness… the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. (C. S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory) To be reunited in our relationship with God, to see all existence renewed, to once again relate properly to other creatures and to the Creator! To look upon Him whom we have loved, and Who loved us, and gave Himself for us, that we might have life, and to hear from His mouth the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord” — it is overwhelming enough to even try to imagine it, how much more so when we are actually there!
But although we have been told that He shall come quickly (Rev 22:7) and will not tarry (Heb 10:37), the atmosphere around us doesn’t seem to match this. It’s been 2,000 years after all. The sun beats down on the wicked acts of men, hating and destroying one another, dirty and bereft of all righteousness. But He told us the wickedness and chaos of the world would be at it’s worst right before He came.
His Word is a sign. It’s a hope. It’s a promise.
Jesus shall return. Regardless of the rebellion of Satan, or the fist-shaking of men, the Lamb Who was slain shall come to claim His rightful throne. And He’ll come quickly too. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, (1 Cor 15:52) we shall look up, and see before us the shining throne encircled with rainbows and surrounded with the crystal sea. What was our daily chatter about the struggles of life shall instantly be transformed into eternal praise and thanksgiving. The darkness of night shall rush away, and the daystar shall arise in your hearts (2 Peter 1:19), and the True Light shall dawn into eternity; holy, righteous, and reigning over all.
So although I may feel like I am trapped in the midst of the blazing chaos of the world, I’m letting the cool breeze be a reminder. Autumn will come.
But more importantly, and more assuredly, so will Christ
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hastening unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3:11-14)