For Minnesotans, a tropical heat wave is considered anything above 80 degrees. We were blessed with a lovely spring, filled with just the right amount of sunshine, low dew points and rain. Normally spring doesn’t last more than a few days here. However, somewhere in June, we jumped into summer with a vengeance. I love getting into my garden and spending time thinking about the beauty of God’s creation. Now I find it difficult to go out to get the mail. I know there have been extremes in temperatures lately, but when I look back a few years I see that this is really nothing new.
Since 1872, Minneapolis has had 10 days when the temperature reached or exceeded 105 degrees. Except for one date, July 31, 1988, when it was 105 degrees, all the other dates occurred in either 1936 or 1934. On the other hand, the nine coldest temperatures ever recorded, included the -34 degrees in 1970. Seven of the dates occurred in the late 1800s.
We have extremes here in the Tundra, but it always amazes me how God provides for all of His creation even when the weather is unbearable. The birds can still find water to refresh themselves, and food to sustain them. The animals are given the ability to find places to rest and hide during extreme temperatures. If God takes care of these creatures by giving them what they need, how much more will He look after the ones He created in His image. There are days when I think there will be no end to the waiting, or no relief from fear or anger or anything else. I try to figure things out myself and don’t rely on the only one who can really take care of me.
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for providing for all my needs in good times in bad, in fair or bad weather. I know that I can count on you to provide for me and give me the true rest that comes only from your loving hands. Amen!