Sunday, June 8, 2008

divine shade

We're experiencing temperatures over 100 degrees right now (with our famous high humidity).  Our bodies don't cool very efficiently in those conditions.  The high temperature draws blood to the surface of our bodies and away from vital organs, muscles and brain.  Temperatures that are warmer than 98.6 degrees make it hard for that blood to shed heat.  This can result in dizziness and fatigue (or heat stroke).  The high humidity makes our perspiration inefficient.  Of course, air conditioning helps with both the temperature and the humidity.  Though sometimes the shock of moving in and out of air conditioning is also a challenge.  I'm reminded that besides air conditioning we need to seek out shade for shelter from the intense sun.  The Lord is our shelter and our shade, as well.  Whether it is summer or winter, we are prone to intense heat from life's challenges and our weaknesses.  Sometimes the trials seem as thick as a sultry summer day in the south and we can't breathe.  But the Lord can cut through the difficulties and set us in a place where we can breathe again.  Just as we need to slow the pace on a hot day, sometimes we need to draw aside spiritually and rest in His shade.
Psalm 121:5 The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
Isaiah 4:6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
Rob Smith

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