In Southern California, there’s a term for the weather phenomenon that causes clouds to linger longer and make the days gray and chilly near the ocean in late spring and early summer.
In a state known for adventure-filled days at amusement parks and sun-soaked beaches, June gloom seems out of sorts. But weather experts say those gray days are purposeful; they are indicators of good days before and better days ahead. June gloom means there is ample moisture present in the atmosphere—moisture that’s essential during the long days of summer when the rains aren’t plentiful, and drought and fire danger rises.
But June gloom isn’t just a weather phenomenon. June gloom can hit you and me too. While many folks feel more gloomy during the shorter days of winter, there are a number of people (myself included) who struggle with the blues during summer months. For a lot of us, the post-college graduation blues linger well into our careers as we manage everything from schedules that no longer include defined beginnings and ends of semesters to our internal questions about our own vocational, employment, relational decisions. And June gloom can even hit those of us who have walked a lot of road when we are faced with choices about what to do for our little ones when their schools let out for summer.
But like the weather phenomenon, June gloom can have purpose in your life.
Next month, I’m going to share some ways you can tend to yourself that will help you better tend to the people and things around you. But this month, let’s focus on twelve things God wants you to remember in seasons when your days feel cloudy and a bit more chilly than normal, and you might be wondering if you have missed the mark when it comes to your purpose. These scriptures are not platitudes. They are not “feel-good” affirmations. They are truth. Read them. Memorize them. Carry them with you. And remember, there are better days ahead.
What God wants you to remember about your unique design and purpose:
“God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” (Genesis 1:27-28 MSG)
“I will offer You my grateful heart, for I am Your unique creation, filled with wonder and awe. You have approached even the smallest details with excellence; Your works are wonderful; I carry this knowledge deep within my soul.”
(Psalm 139:14 VOICE)
“Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.” (Jeremiah 1:5 MSG)
What God wants you to remember about His great love for you:
“God told them, “I’ve never quit loving you and never will.
Expect love, love, and more love!” (Jeremiah 31:3 MSG)
“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.” (1 John 3:1 MSG)
“For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 VOICE)
“Look here. I have made you a part of Me, written you on the palms of My hands. Your city walls are always on My mind, always My concern.”(Isaiah 49:16 VOICE)
What God wants you to remember about His presence in your life:
“No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.” (Joshua 1:5)
“Protect me from harm;
keep an eye on me like you would a child
reflected in the twinkling of your eye.
Yes, hide me within the shelter of your embrace,
under your outstretched wings.” (Psalm 17:8 TPT)
“The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and he will refresh your life with his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17 CEV)
“I have chosen you, named you as My own. When you face stormy seas I will be there with you with endurance and calm; you will not be engulfed in raging rivers.
If it seems like you’re walking through fire with flames licking at your limbs, keep going; you won’t be burned. (Isaiah 43:2 VOICE)
“So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that his love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, or dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken his love. There is no power above us or beneath us—no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One!” (Romans 8:38-39 TPT)
The final scripture is one of my personal favorites. A friend introduced me to it years ago. She has it written on a sticky note hung on her bathroom mirror. She says its carried her through seasons of gray skies time and time again. I encourage you to do the same. Write this one out and hang it up where you can be reminded of its promise, no matter the season you’re in right now.
Strong God, I’m watching you do it, I can always count on you – God, my dependable love.
(Psalm 59:17 MSG)
Which scriptures are your “go-to” promises? Share them in the comments!