I moved to Texas in the early spring. Most everyone I met emphasized the ridiculous heat I was in store for. Considering it took 3 bags of salt and a pickaxe to remove the ice from my driveway so the movers didn’t have a liability lawsuit, the Texas spring 70 degree weather already felt balmy to me.
So as the mercury began to climb I noticed that the heat wasn’t really the problem. It was the sun. It felt like it was constantly a few inches from me almost like it was riding around on my shoulder like a pirate’s parrot. Arrrgh!
I’ve always lived in a northern state so I had once marveled at those in warmer climates that could wear long sleeves and coverings in the extreme heat. Now I know it is to stop the sun from boring into your skin. Hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas once a fashion accessory are now considered survival gear. August is the new January where we hunkered down to wait out the extreme temperatures. My high heat bills are replaced with high electric bills to support our two air conditioning units and sunscreen is as vital as my phone and keys to grab before heading out the door.
Psalm 121:5 says “The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as a protective shade. The sun will not hurt you by day.”
This verse has new context thanks to my new address. Shade can make a difference of 10-15 degrees. It protects from burns, over heating and melting. So if you are feeling like what the Southern folk call a “hot mess” perhaps you need to retreat to the shade of Christ’s grace and love.
Equip yourself with prayer and the scriptures like you would sunscreen and hats. Find relief with godly friends, worship music, or christian media. Escape the penetrating and damaging rays of this world and rest in the protective cool shade of God’s presence. This verse promises that whoever seeks refuge in Jesus will certainly be made in the shade!