“But blessed is the man who trusts me, GOD, the woman who sticks with GOD. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers— Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. Jeremiah 17:7-8
Today is another hot, humid day by the river. I have had to learn to adjust to the climate change from summers in AZ where humidity hovers under ten percent most of the year and we think we are dying when it hits forty percent.
I remember a particularly hot and humid summer in 1986 while living on acreage outside of Aurora, Illinois. We had a large country farm home with two A/C and heat units, two staircases, and two fireplaces. Conserving energy was mandatory to keep the electric bill below $400 a month. We found refuge lounging under a big shade tree.
A read a study of how humidity and high temperatures affect human. First, short-term memory. Now, I have an excuse on humid days when I can’t remember my own phone number. Our cognitive resources are needed just to cope with being hot and sticky. Second, lethargy. I agree. Even getting up to throw together a salad and a plate of cold cuts and cheese for dinner was overwhelming. Third, less anxiety–because we take more naps. Who can be anxious while dozing under a shade tree?
Lord, I trust the hot and humid summer days will pass and my energy will return. Amen.