by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Summer’s scorching heat is upon our area again. The grass withers. The flowers fade. Leaves on shrubs wilt. Brown grass crunches underfoot. The heat is just too much, and rain is nowhere in the forecast.
This heat will pass, I know. Refreshing rains will return. The grass, flowers, and leaves will perk up. Come winter we’ll barely remember the heat and how wilted everything was. Until it strikes again the next time.
The scorching heat of life beats down on us, too. It withers and fades our souls just as surely as the summer sun’s heat withers and fades grass and flowers under its hot afternoon sun. Oppression beats down on us. Obstacles won’t budge. We long for relief, but it seems out of reach.
At those times when our souls feel wilted, God’s word stands ready to refresh and nourish. His words above everything else strengthens and renews. God’s words are life. They are full of his promises and his everlasting love.
Maybe we aren’t the ones fading, withering, or wilting at the moment. Maybe we aren’t bothered by the heat of problems today. Instead, maybe God placed us in a position to bring his words of life and renewal to those around us who are feeling the heat of life.
Everything in this world will fade away like grass and flowers baked in the scorching heat. Only God’s word endures forever. No matter what we face, we can hold onto the same truths the ancients penned centuries ago. The LORD truly is our eternal shepherd. We need not want.
Could it be God wants us to speak his everlasting words of love that will never fade or wither to those around us, more than he wants us to speak words that will fade away?
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Yes, grass withers and flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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