Sunday, September 21, 2014

Last Week's Heat

Looking back to last week, I really had a spur of the moment post that I wanted to write.

For those who didn't know, last week (9/14-9/20/2014) there was a long heatwave from the previous week's Saturday, till about Wednesday or Thursday.  It hit over 100 F for many days, and in the nights, it stayed at about high 80s.  Here is a link to an article about it.  

Now for those who are connected with my on Social Media, whether it be Facebook or Snapchat, you may have noticed my status about said heat wave.  It was really bad.  On Tuesday, I decided to skip class because I felt sick that day due to the heat.  As I told friends, the heat really slowed things down.  It made me feel absolutely terrible, work was incredibly hard to accomplish; honestly, it felt a pain to even rest in my room because it was so hot.  I remember waking up, throat absolutely parched, but looking at my pillow, just a dark ring around my head. 

So, like anyone who was suffering, I prayed.  I prayed to God.  I thanked him for the many things that were going right in my life, and then I asked.  I pleaded.  I prayed for strength in myself to go through and survive, I prayed for his mercy and grace so that he may change the weather and make it cooler.  Then I remembered that by God's grace and mercy, I was in a liberal arts college studying and working towards my future, when millions of other people are in areas of strife and conflict who don't have the same opportunities as I do.  People who have to worry about whether or not they live that day, or where they will sleep.  How can I, complain about my living conditions, when I already have more than I deserve?

Towards the end of the week, I picked up a poster that had this: Psalm 37:7.
 "Be still before the Lord
    and wait patiently for him."
Intrigued, I look at all of Psalm 37 and found this other verse that I liked: 
"Trust in the Lord and do good;
    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4.

The need for cooling, the need for more, should be met with an understanding that I, a Child of God, already has so much.  I should be more thankful for what I have, than needing what I don't.  Last week was a wake-up call and I pray that God, and my friends, can keep me accountable to be more thankful for what He has done, than to ask for Him to do more.