What a year it has been, winter came without much punch and seemed to leave earlier than normal with the early arrival of spring which turned into summer. June was an unusually wet month and of course July seemed to be like July usually is; hot. I don’t know about you but I am one of those who do not like the heat. When the temperatures rise and the humidity gets heavy I just want to go find the air conditioning and hide. I don’t seem to adapt very well. There are many like that, while there are some who don’t seem to mind whatever comes their way and they work out in the heat all day long.
In the heat of summer so many things around here seem to dry up and wither away, the lawns turn brown and crispy, the pastures are gone and the crops begin to suffer and it is a full time job just to keep a few flowers in the flower beds watered and looking good. And yet there are some plants that thrive in the heat. There are Tropical Hibiscus and other exotic plants that just when it heats up they bloom with all their might. They were created for the heat and they do well in that environment.
As summer heats up the animals lie around more and more seeking the shade and shelter from the sun and heat. They must stay close to water and refresh themselves. And yet there are some animals that seem to adapt. You go to the dessert and you will find certain animals that have been created and adapted to live in the heat and dry conditions. The Kangaroo rat can go its entire life without drinking water; they get their water from the body’s metabolism. What an awesome God we serve that He creates people, plants and animals for each and every situation.
For us there is a great lesson for us to learn. How great it is when we learn to be adaptable to the teaching and leading of God’s Holy Spirit. No matter what He asks us to do, He will give us the ability. No matter where He sends us, He will show us how to get there. No matter the size of the task, He will give us the strength to endure. Our God is an awesome God and when we serve Him and follow Him, then the heat, the cold the elements of this world will never stand between us.
Pastor Michael Tunnell