Summer has arrived, and this means backpacks have been shoved out of sight, kiddos are sleeping in, and parents and grandparents alike are planning getaways. Teens covered in sunscreen unwind at local pools as we hear trendy songs escape through their earbuds.

People are not the only ones who we notice participating in summer. Cows sit underneath shade trees swatting their tails, fireflies captivate us, and watermelons and peaches fill the bins at fruit stands.

Yes, it seems a feel and a fragrance to summer washes over us as slow and sweet as honey. We not only take notice of the sun, but we are more willing to share our own sunshine. Perhaps the brightness of the days and the full warmth of the evenings invites us to cool our pace and look around.

As I get older my “looking around” has changed. I look at my reflection and accept the girl I see rather than berate her for who she is or is not. I don’t compare (as much), and I am sincerely pleased to see people doing well… even those who appear to have it all put together while I’m still trying to remember where I put it.

I realize there is a bigger picture than what I see in the small frame of my life. A picture moving within and beyond seasons. Yes, there is a living perspective not bound by age, experiences, or schedules. God invites us to receive and implement a higher perspective; a perspective where truth isn’t compromised, and feelings don’t dictate faith.

“But it is a spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding” (Job 32:8).

When we draw near to God’s perspective, He will open our spiritual eyes beyond our plans and limited vision. He will set us in tune with what He desires to deliver us from and to, putting us on course for His glory.

“I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ” (Galatians 1:12).

What or whom is God showing you today? Is He opening your heart to serve the beggar under the bridge or your spiritually starved friend… or enemy?

Friend, God doesn’t miss the details. Just as He pricks your heart to hear the varying versus and pitches of a bird’s song, so does God move your heart to be the very smile, listening ear, or example of faith another needs to help him hear the welcoming call of Jesus Christ.

How is your relationship with God currently being revealed through your life?

May we ask God to help us be more in tune with His will, not cursing discouragement. Rather, recognizing that when we free ourselves into surrender, we are often gifted a silencing of self required to hear the very knock of God.

Yes, summer has arrived. In this season of enveloping warmth, may we be eager to shed our self-centered perspectives and refresh our focus in His Word, His will, and His son.

Have joy-filled summer!

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).

SGLY, dear reader.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier, Instagram: @tiffanysgly, and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.