See the curtains hangin’ in the window, in the evenin’ on a Friday night.
A little light a-shinin’ through the window, lets me know everything is alright.
Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.

“Summer Breeze” – (Lyrics by James Seals; music by James Seals & Dash Crofts, 1971)

I am thankful for pain. 

No, I am not a masochist. In fact, in the past I have declared without hesitation, just how allergic I am to pain. Whether it is physical or emotional, various symptoms of discomfort, stress, anger, heartache, or even elements of depression, are likely to develop when I suffer its onslaught. If I am being truly honest, I am not thankful for pain per se; more appreciative of the opportunity for clarity and perspective it can provide, as I process its residual effects.

All of this came to mind as I was thinking of a friend who had shared about going through a painful emotional experience this past summer. Outwardly, their demeanour and ever-smiling face, belied a heart that was wounded. While I am not privy to the details, I would not be surprised if the one who caused the wound, ever considered what this infliction of pain has wrought in my friend. It has been said we grow stronger through adversity. While there is some truth to that statement, it does not absolve us from acknowledging and dealing with pain that enters our lives. 

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind.

The interpretation of the above line, can have multiple layers of meaning for different people. Jasmine bears fragrant flowers. This usually denotes something with a sweet smell. Pain has a fragrance as well. Especially those hurtful things unseen by others. However, they give off an unsavoury aroma as they traverse through our minds. Some of us are adept at concealing the scent of painful emotions. Others allow the pheromones of emotional bruising to feed bitterness or disconsolation, which in turn can lead to isolation. Because of this, there is a risk of being caught in a vicious and endemic emotional cycle.

Summer is my favourite time of the year. Not only does it allow me to experience warmth, it is a season of comfort which provides a counterpoint should any cold winds of uninvited painful emotions blow inThere is also warmth generated through the comfort of friends and those who accept you unconditionally. They are the Summer Breezes of hope, love and restoration, which go a long way in healing and diffusing the pain thresholds of our hearts; especially when you find yourself shivering from colder, out of season winds.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.