We’ve had a long hot stretch of summer, with humidity to match the heat. Gotta love our central air conditioning! But the extreme heat has broken, and now 80° feels downright balmy! Don’t you love it when the heat, which has been overwhelming, drops like that? It’s such a relief.
I’ve been thinking about other things that are a great relief when they finally stop:
Political snailmail and email
A high temperature
A persistent noise
The thumpathumpathumpa of your neighbor’s party music
A screaming baby
A migraine headache
A very sore throat
That list could go on for some time, couldn’t it? Noise, especially dissonant noise, is just annoying. But let’s turn the subject in a different direction, and think about the relief we get when:
We swallow our pride and admit we are wrong
We apologize, sincerely
We have a season of quiet prayer, alone with the Lord
A song touches the heart
Something we’ve just read in the Bible comforts a sad heart
We enjoy the fellowship of other believers
A gentle rain comes to refresh the earth
Your adult children demonstrate great responsibility and concern for you
You complete a project that’s been taking far too long.
THAT list could go on for a long time, too! We need to be more thankful for both the small and large instances of sweet relief. And we need to be thankful in the knowledge that even when things are hard, God is always present.
Deuteronomy 31:6. “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”