Boy, has it ever been hot this week! We having been breaking temperature records for several days now . . . but I'm glad to say we're about to get some relief. Our highs have been in the upper 80s for the past few days, with today being the hottest at 89. It was 83 in the house. A little bit cooler than outside, but not much. We should have one more hot day today, then tomorrow we'll cool down again to more normal temperatures.
I'm ashamed to say that I have been a whiner during this hot streak. Since I developed diabetes 10 years ago, it seems that the heat really zaps my energy, so when it gets hot I just wilt. And I just plain old don't like being hot. But as my husband prayed last night during Bible study, he said to the Lord, "Thank you for the beautiful weather, even though it's hot." That brought home to my heart how unthankful I've been. We get rain over 3/4 of the year . . . and we enjoy the sunshine immensely when it does come. But the heat? That's part of having the sunshine! My selfish nature wants the sunshine but not the heat.
How often we want the fun, comfortable, happy things that God gives us, but we don't want the difficult things! And I'm not just talking about the weather, either. It's the same with any other situation in life. We want to be married, but we don't want the give-and-take that comes with two people learning to live together. We want to lose weight, but we don't want to go without our favorite goodies. We want to serve the Lord, but we don't want the ridicule of those around us for being separated, dedicated Christians. We want to have more money, but we don't want to cut out some of our unnecessary spending. I mention these things because they are some of the areas I've had to work on in my own life; this is spoken from experience!
May we learn contentment and gladly accept the "good" things from God's hand as well as the uncomfortable!