“It is so hot the chickens are laying hard boiled eggs.” “It is so hot people are baking cookies on their dashboards.” “It is so hot, hot water now comes from both taps.” All joking aside, it is crazy hot outside! This weather has put me into a state of the I-don’t-want-toos, and has got my temper just about as heated as the hood of my van. Being hot makes us all feel uncomfortable, lazy, and easily frustrated at times. It is amazing how the weather can affect us emotionally, and being in the pressure cooker can sometimes bring out the worse in all of us. Statistics show that the crime rate tends to go up more during the summer months and sources believe this is because of the hot weather. How are we to keep our cool when temperatures rise or when we find ourselves in a “heated” situation in our marriage, at work, with our kids, or in our congregations? We need to cool off, get rest, and drink LOTS of water.
As the heat rises outside, we must remember to stay cool. We should limit our outside activities by running errands in the early morning or late evening hours to avoid that midday sun. As the heat rises in our hearts, we must give ourselves a chance to cool off our emotions before trying to tackle the situation. Emotions can burn up as easily as that squash plant trying to thrive in the 114 heat, but if we give ourselves a chance to cool off during a heated situation, we will survive the situation with our humility intact. “Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly.” Proverbs 14:29
Nothing can zap our energy faster than being out in the scorching heat and we must remember that getting a good nights sleep is vital for recharging our bodies. Not only should we get plenty of rest at night, we should also remember to take time to rest our bodies during the day as well. Take time to sit, relax, and recharge to get yourself through the midday high temps and the midday physical slump. When is the last time you allowed yourself to sit in peace and reflect on the love and blessings from our Lord? So many of us run ourselves ragged trying to “be about our Father’s business” and forget to “be still and know that (He) is God”. Involving ourselves in good works is a wonderful thing, but even more importantly, we must allow ourselves to rest and reflect on God and His word. If we forget to listen to Him, we will grow weary in our works because we have lost sight of why we are serving.
Finally, we gotta chug that water! The body is designed to go through a lot of strain, but we will not survive if we do not refuel ourselves with this vital resource. We are required to get at least eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day, but with temperatures hot enough to bust out our car’s windshields, we must take in more than the minimal requirement. Christ refers to himself as living water in John 4:13 when he states, “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” To stay spiritually refreshed, we must put on Christ and drink from his word and a minimal dose of it will just not do.
Water gives life to each and every living thing, without water, nothing will survive. God gives us this precious resource to sustain us while here on earth. Even more so, he gives human kind a living water that can be obtained through baptism (1 Peter 3:21). It sustains us spiritually and large, daily doses of the living water will refresh our souls and give us eternal life if we follow the word. Are you thirsty for the living water? Jesus tells us “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” John 7:37.
We can find great ways to beat the heat in our spiritual and physical lives. We have to seek shelter from the heat, get plenty of rest, and drink up that H2O. When the heat rises in our lives, we must seek shelter in Christ, stop to meditate and commune with him in prayer, and drink up the living water of the word. Stay cool!