When it finally heats up in Arizona, it seems to drag on well into the fall. Other states might be getting into their light jackets and raking leaves…we are still swimming in sweat and in our pools.

Sure there is good and bad to every place on the planet. Some worry about tornadoes, tsunami’s, and earthquakes; we get dust storms. A couple of years ago we made the national news with what they coined a “haboob.” This one was seventy miles wide and brought dust through anything with even the minutest crack. We live on the edge of a wide open reservation, so we saw this mighty wind coming. It was different than other dust storms as it seemed to pick up the very ground it proceeded giving a eerie other worldly appearance. We stood out there like fools filming it as it consumed our home in total darkness. Can’t imagine any of that was good for our lungs- but boy golly we had great footage.

So the long and short of this note is that life can seem like an endless summer; sometimes full of fun and other times hot, humid, painful and unending. But the simple truth is it only really lasts a little while and then the next season eventually comes and so too will relief.

God can use any occasion to teach us something, stretch our limits, expand our hearts; even hot summer days that turn into hot summer nights.

Let us glory in the Lord in sweltering heat and in frigid cold. Let us never weary of saying “thank you” for every moment of every day of our lives because before we know it they will be over.

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