Summer is the time one sheds
one’s tensions with one’s clothes,
and the right kind of day is
a jeweled balm for the battered spirit.
I’ve come to love much of the unique Texas experience, but the intense heat of its summers has always been difficult for me to withstand. So I have to stay inside air-conditioned quarters much more than I like, and being separated from my garden and God’s voice therein deprives my spirit of its much needed holy food. The Lord in His goodness, however, always answers our calls of distress and finds ways to provide that which we need in some way. So it is when an occasional cool down occurs in the midst of July’s misery, or when a good amount of unexpected rain falls to water cracked soil, or when the air-conditioning in our homes and cars doesn’t shut down, or when a home has lots of windows so one can at least see the garden, or when a digital camera allows one to store reminders of Creation’s unparched glory on a computer, or when wild, purple eryngium begins to bloom in spite of the torrid heat. How blessed are we that the work of His hands is as apparent as ever in His world!
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your praise offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. . .May the Lord grant all your requests. -Psalm 20:1-4, 5b