Dear TLS Community,
But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ “And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
As we all know, our Australian summers can be very harsh and unpredictable. Long summer days relaxing and enjoying the outdoors can unfortunately sometimes lead to long uncomfortable nights sporting red, hot and later itchy, peeling skin. It’s terrible when you can feel the heat penetrating your skin and you can feel that you are starting to burn. Sometimes as hard as we try, we still end up with sunburn or windburn even when wearing sunscreen and a hat. Time gets away and we can forget how powerful and damaging the sun’s rays can be.
Lucky for most of us, we can find a spot where we can escape from the heat of the day, whether it be in an air conditioned office, under the shade of a tree or simply in a darkened room with a fan. Standing out in the Australian sun all day without suffering consequences is simply not an option without wearing a hat, sunscreen or seeking shade.
Sometimes our lives can feel like the Australian sun. We feel like we’re getting scorched from every side and the expectations from our daily lives can feel harsh and penetrating. We can find comfort knowing that every time we come into God’s presence, it’s like walking into an air conditioned building. It’s a place of peace, solace and restoration. It doesn’t mean that the burdens fade away completely, but it gives us the time to seek rejuvenation and to restore our confidence to tackle the ‘scorching sun’ for another day.
Remember to SLIP, SLOP, SLAP, SEEK and SLIDE your way through your daily lives and turn to God when the heat is turned up a little too high. There is no limit to the amount of time you seek His help and guidance.
God’s richest blessings for the remainder of the term ahead,