Summer has settled in with heat and humidity, and more heat and even more humidity here in the deep South.
Every year I say to myself, "Let's find something positive about all this heat and humidity," and each summer I conclude, "I am positive, I don't enjoy this heat and humidity."
The weather in Alabama in spring an fall is absolutely GLORIOUS! The mild winters aren't so bad, either. But the extreme summers? Oh dear,...they are icky, icky, icky, and do I dare add one more icky,...to icky hot and humid, and they seemingly last forever. Yet, Alabama is beautiful with all the lush foliage. If you like the color green, Alabama's the place to be.
Where are you?
Is the weather hot? Mild? Somewhere in-between? Or are you like me? Pushing positive thoughts toward all that heat and humidity? If you are across the globe this is winter for you. Enjoy! And think happy thoughts for us here sweating in the deep south.
You know, one must start somewhere if they are going to get around all this heat and humidity. Life is too short to pout about it. It's not fun, but ah,...life's not all fun. Some things are necessary like the extreme heat of summer and the icky humidity that goes along with it. Those gulf streams that make our summers so torrid, also make our spring and fall so pleasantly balmy.
Now spring is filled with the promise of seeds and seedlings, and blossoming trees, while summer is the fruition of that promise. Or in other words,...things grow in summer.
Long days are needed for growth. Plants soak in all that sunshine, the extreme heat and humidity keeps the temperatures in optimal peak for fruit to set seed. The comfortable temperatures we like in spring and fall are too cool for plants, especially overnight. One overnight frost, and plants wilt into a sad, sad, scenario with blacken leaves and rotting half-formed fruit. So it's not like the Lord is torturing us with these summers. All this heat and humidity is actually - love in action.
Think...we gotta eat, folks. Can't do it without the heat and humidity of summer. It's the food chain, plants need to soak in all that sunlight so they can process the energy into photosynthesis, which is converted into glucose, which animals consume, and then people consume the animals/and or plants, which means you cannot have an ice cream cone without heat and humidity!
Ice cream = milk and cream from the cow, who eats grass and grain, which is grown in summer. Sugar goes into ice cream, and sugar cane grows best in hot humid climates. Vanilla beans for vanilla ice cream, cause let's keep this analogy simple, but again the vanilla bean pod can't be produced without heat and humidity.
All that said, I have to be honest and confess, "I still don't like heat and humidity." Can't get around the fact, it's uncomfortable, but then growth in our life rarely happens without discomfort. "For you know that when your faith is tested your endurance has a chance to grow." - James 1:3
"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit,... fruit that will last,..." - John 15:16
"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." - Hebrews 12:11
Harvest of righteousness and peace? That's worth a little discomfort, and it's nice to know we don't have to 'like' seasons of growth. Duh, discipline isn't pleasant, nor are those high humidity levels, but they are both necessary to produce fruit,...spiritual, and otherwise.
Something to think about next time I am sweating!
May God bless and keep you!