I'm tired of the 90 degree heat! Are you like me wondering when the relief of Fall temperatures will arrive?
Two weekends ago I was attending parent's weekend at UGA and celebrating my daughter Maryneal's sophomore year. The day began at her sorority house, Sigma Kappa, with a breakfast buffet and the buzz of excitement for the Bulldog kick-off at noon. We began our trek to the stadium and quickly realized we were beginning to fatigue as the sun beamed down on us.
Shade was at a premium at 11:30 a.m. with only little slivers of relief offering refuge from the heat of the day. Standing in line under direct sunlight I wondered if I would faint in the noon day sun. Even the street preacher who was chastising the masses for turning away from God didn't provide relief. I saw my goal inside the gates of the stadium and it was a large area of shade sheltering hundreds of people. Ahhhh...shade! Thankfully, I remember many times that I sought out the relief of shade.
At times like these, my mind often turns theological and my heart yearns to understand God. I was reminded of scripture and how God provides shade.
"If I lift up my eyes to the mountains where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip, he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will never slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you; the Lord is your shade at your right hand..." Psalm 121: 1-5
My prayer for you is that God will be a shade in your times of trial.
And yes, I pray for shade for all of our golfers today in our JCPC Golf tournament.
Prayer for Today
Gracious and loving God, thank you for offering us the relief and refuge of shade. When our lives become overheated by stress, anxiety, and troubles help us to always look to you as our help. Amen.