I wore a short sleeved pull over shirt to work today. I was aware of the rain, but did not know a weather front would be moving in. I often wear a shirt like this until it gets really cold. We went to lunch at a local Whataburger. On the way to the drive-in the dashboard was showing the outside temperature to be in the upper sixties.
I ordered a chop house cheddar burger and a chocolate shake. One of the only places to sit, in the busy restaurant was at a table directly in line with an air conditioning unit on a mission. I think the thermostat must have been set for 62 or 63 degrees. The combination of the air conditioner and my milk shake gave me a chill. We finished eating and left. Stepping outside, it was misting, which added to my chill. The outside temperature had dropped to 63, but it was warmer than inside the Whataburger. When I left work this afternoon, the temperature again had fallen to 55 degrees. It certainly was not freezing, but cool given the milk shake effect.
I started for home. I like that phrase, “started or starting for home.” It gives me comfort. I turned on the car defroster to clear the windshield, adjusting the temperature to where it would be effective. It was then that the satisfaction came. I was experiencing peace and comfort and it gave me joy. I was going to a place where I wanted to be and I had therapeutic warmth surrounding me.
I have felt this way before. Oh, I have been cold many times, but what I’m speaking of was not physical, but spiritual. As a believer, I’m sure you have experienced what I’m speaking of. There are times, when you have been in the chill of this ungodly world; the chill of feeling alone and forgotten; the chill of trying to do right, only to be scoffed at; the chill of thinking you have mess-up totally. But then God gets you going in the right direction. He replaces the cold with warmth. He takes care of you and everything…I mean everything, is alright. Why? Because Jesus Is Lord!
Psalm 23, a psalm of David:
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
Have you experienced what I have written? If you haven’t, but are interested, let me know. I would like to visit with you about it. I appreciate your likes and comments.