I've always been fascinated by weather and sometimes wonder if I maybe even missed my calling in life and should have been a meteorologist. I don't like hurricanes or the damage and destruction they cause, but they do capture my attention when they are in the news, especially when they are in the Gulf of Mexico. But the weather event that has my attention right now is the extreme heat that's happening in my state. The high temperatures have been breaking records during the past week, and yesterday two records were broken. Yesterday our temp was 104, breaking the record of 103, but it also broke the record of the most consecutive days of temps in the three-digit range. It has absolutely been unbearable to be outside on these days.
But yesterday I noticed that I have become desensitized to these extremely high temperatures -- not in the way it feels outside, but in the way I think about it. Anytime in the past when I heard that our temps were going up to 100, I thought it was unbelievable. I remember just last week when they said the high for the day was going to be 103, I was in shock, but when they forcast a high of 106 I absolutely did not believe it was even possible. So yesterday I looked down at the little "weatherbug" on the computer to see how hot it was outside right then and when I saw 101, I was like hmmm, big deal. A fact that had amazed me just a week ago, now didn't mean much to me. And to think that I'm looking forward to Saturday when things might cool down to 99, well, something is wrong here.
I think this desensitization toward the weather is a lot like what has happened in our culture. Years ago, things that were considered unacceptable and wrong are now accepted as normal and even as good in some cases. Over the years, little by little, we have seen things on TV, movies, and the news that have desensitized us to what is right and what is wrong. So, why have things changed from the way they were in the past? Did God change his mind about what he wrote in the Bible concerning right and wrong? The way I see it, God is still the same as he was at the beginning of time, and his Word has not changed. We are the ones who have changed. I believe the Bible and that is where I have to go learn the truth about what is right and what is not.
If you read this and you are not of the same faith or beliefs as me, that is okay. I am not trying to change anyone -- I can't change people. But I do believe the Word of God. I would like to challenge you to read it if you haven't and let me know what you think.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
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