Dan Flynn the ACL Victorian State Director recently told us that he saw his first fly for the season and rejoiced because summer was on the way. He shared a portion from Song of Songs 

Song 2:11-14  

Look around you: Winter is over; 

    the winter rains are over, gone! 

Spring flowers are in blossom all over. 

    The whole world’s a choir—and singing! 

Spring warblers are filling the forest 

    with sweet arpeggios. 

Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed, 

    and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms. 

It is winter in Australia, spiritually and morally.  In my role as Chief Counsel of the Human Rights Law Alliance I have daily evidence of the pressure Christians (and you the ACL supporters)are under.  It is winter.  But look for that first fly… 

In Hebrews 11:32 and following the writer says 

“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,  quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again…” 

The passage goes on to talk of the fact that many suffered.  

But each of the named people were called of God at times in the history of Israel when spiritually and morally, like this land today, it was winter. But God called them, they obeyed and summer came.  Even Isaiah, who was sawn in two, spoke of the summer of the coming of the Child. And He came. 

So let’s all be on the lookout for the first fly. And rejoice for summer is coming. 

Rejoice for summer is near 

Rejoice for Jesus is here 

Rejoice for the Lord is King 

Rejoice let the world hear you sing.