It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day. Isaiah 4:6
Here in Hawaii, like I witnessed in Florida, there are two types of people. The first are those who love to bake themselves in the sun and somehow enjoy it. Sweat and leathery skin brings them joy. The stifling air doesn’t seem to both them. Their ability to withstand the heat is baffling at best.
Then there are the rest of us. I fall into this category, even while surrounded by Hawaii’s beauty the sun keeps me inside. We’re the ones who check the temperature and the humidity before ever stepping foot outside, sunscreen and sunglasses in hand. We can endure a summer day as long as we have a glass of iced tea in hand and a shady place to sit. Because, let’s face it, shade makes the sun bearable. Air conditioning would be even better. When Isaiah described what life would be like for God’s people when the Messiah appeared, he used the imagery of shade during the heat of the day. When summer is at its hottest, and you think you can’t last another moment in the sun, it’s amazing what a little shade will do. Without changing anything in terms of the sun’s heat or brightness, a little shade enables a person to endure the heat for just a little bit longer.
Jesus is shade on a hot summer day for believers. When life seems to be overwhelming or unbearable a little time with Jesus can give us the needed strength to make it through the day. Though our circumstances may not change. His presence brings much needed relief from the heat of the moment. When we sit in His shade, we are refreshed before heading back out into the heat of the day.
Thank you for being my shade and my place of refreshment. And please, send air conditioning.