A heat wave is coming.
I felt it move in on the wind yesterday, the sun melted anyone standing in its way.
The silently spoken promises of the aqua-colored pool were deceiving - for when you jumped in to be refreshed it was as a lukewarm bath.
It's always at this time of year when I begin to have faint longings for fall.
It isn't like the pining away for warmer days in the dead of winter, when my heart and vision cries out for a glimpse of green. It's more of a nudge, a glimmer, a comfort taken in knowing: the scorching heat that wilts and withers will soon come to an end.
Recently I had a conversation about 'heat' with my daughter.
Life offers up moments when the temperatures of living get hot: a mean person, an awkward moment, a difficult choice. Oh, that I could protect her from the heat that threatens to steal her joy and tempts her to believe that she is left on her own in a vast and thirsty land.
And yet, heat is what refines us and makes us strong.
Still, when life is hot we look for shade and feel alone.
The Good news?
God shows up in the heat of the day.
He shelters us.
He cares for us.
He leads us to a living water that never fails; a water that always cools our brow and quenches our thirst.
Best of all... when we are tempted to despair, when we feel all is lost, when our mouths are dry and we can no longer speak... we can trust in His promise.
Its there, in that promise, I will be waiting... in the heat of this warm summer's day.
never again will they thirst.
The sun will not beat down on them,’
nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne
will be their shepherd;
‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”