As we start a new day the temperatures of each succeeding day are a major topic of conversation for many. The very warm weather seems to be something you either love or dislike intensely there appears to be no middle ground, though by now it seems the dislikers are in the majority.
In conversations this week I have met with factory workers who have to work in extreme heat and those working in warehouses fair no better. Commuters still struggle in the heat though air conditioning in new trains is a welcome improvement.
For many who travel a great deal with work air conditioned cars and air-conditioned offices make life bearable.
Think of the farmers, the harvest appears to be in full swing and the yields are being reported as low.
For others subject to moorland fires in England and those suffering loss and bereavement in Greece the consequences are much more evident.
In our bibles the prophet Joel proclaimed these words;
Despair, you farmers,
wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley,
because the harvest of the field is destroyed.
12 The vine is dried up
and the fig-tree is withered;
the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree –
all the trees of the field – are dried up.
Surely the people’s joy
is withered away.
The nation of Gods people were going through hard times, their problem was a plague of locusts that were devouring all the crops.
Yet he uses it as an illustration of the impoverished spiritual lives of Gods own people in what remained of the people of Israel.
In our enlightened and scientific age we can recognize that weather patterns can change and our British weather is reliably unpredictable.
But maybe this hot weather offers us an opportunity to stop and consider where we are with God. Are we spiritually impoverished? Is there something I need to do to be refreshed with God? If this is a question we are willing to ask ourselves we need only to look to Jesus, God’s answer to our sin and spiritual desiccation.