The outdoor temperature soared up to 102 yesterday afternoon with a heat index that had it feeling like 108.
I had some things I had to do as soon as I got home at 4pm, so I changed my clothes and out I went.
The grass cracked under my feet as I walked across the lawn.
The dogs were lying in fresh dirt under the shade of a nearby tree.
Across the pasture, the trees seem to shimmy as waves of heat from the ground passed in front of them.
And yet in the heat of the day I worked outside for about an hour and I never perspired!
That’s right, I didn’t sweat one drop.
How is that possible in this kind of weather?
What was I wearing?
Shorts and t-shirt, the non-air conditioned kind.
Did I hydrate myself with a gallon of Gatorade before working outside?
No. I didn’t have anything to drink when I got home and I didn’t have anything until I went back into the house.
So how was I able to work in such adverse heat and not sweat?
That’s easy; I was pressure washing the house so I was constantly surrounded by a cool mist of water.
This reminds me of Psalm 1; blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
When tempers flare, God can restore a cool calmness.
If your life heats up and becomes unbearable, it is God that can refresh.
He is that Living Water which will cause you never to thirst again.