Roughing It

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” ~ Matthew 6:25-29 (ESV)

Last weekend my hubby and I had to rough it. Our AC unit gave up its life. I am thankful that it worked for 32 years; with the last couple of years on it’s last leg I might add. Of course, things like that can throw you for a loop.

The AC company gave us one portable unit for our house. So we had to decide where we would spend the next four days in the house. We chose the living room, but the rest of the house was hot…hot…hot. When you start breaking out in sweat brushing your teeth, it is too hot.

I was doing okay until Monday night. I was getting grumpy…because I couldn’t relax at all. With 100+ outdoors, there was not much we could do. The only positive during those 4 miserable days? We went out to dinner every night.

Sometimes unexpected things happen in life. It really depends on how we deal with them. Like I said, I was good for 3 ½ days. All I could think of was the new AC unit to be installed. I was so happy that the company came on the day they said they would, and had installed within 4 hours. It was such a restful night to sleep with the air conditioner.

Jesus talks about not to be anxious about life in general. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. All we can do is make the best of every single day. If we feel faint or want to give up, think about God’s provision. He will always be by our side. Even on the rough days.

I tell you the truth; I don’t know how the people here in Arizona lived without air conditioning in the 40’s and 50’s. Maybe it was not as hot back then? I don’t know. I just have to take my hat off to them, because it truly is rough without the modern day convenience of AC.

Lord of Heaven and Earth. Thank You for being with us during the ‘rough’ days without the AC. I am thankful for the years our old unit worked. I am thankful for the company who worked hard to get the new unit installed. In the precious name of Jesus – Amen.

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