There’s No Need to Fear The Emotional Burn Summer Heat, Despite Our Illness

“‘If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ ” (Daniel 3:17-18)

The heat index is 105°. We’re in the middle of the first heat wave of the summer. Just like last summer.

A year ago, I was asked to be a guest speaker for a fellow professor. The classroom would be air conditioned, so I agreed. The commitment required me to teach for seven hours straight. An impossible feat, given my limited stamina. Living with multiple sclerosis means planning activities that last 4-6 hours. Any longer and I fade. Like a limp, dying plant. God would have to provide the physical and mental strength.

Then we found out our son and his wife would be traveling to visit us. Their stay would be brief. Thursday, I’d be teaching. But the day before, I’d be able to spend a full day with them.

Wednesday morning I awoke to a broken air conditioning unit. The heat and humidity quickly took their toll onme. My aches felt more painful. I became listlessness. Dizzy. It would take several days to recover.

But I had to teach for seven hours the next day! Fear consumed my thoughts. Self-pity crept in. No chance of a happy visit!

My son drove me to a book store where we sat in air conditioning. Happily chatting while waiting for his wife to call and say the repairman had fixed our unit.

The next day, I experienced God’s miraculous power. He faithfully equipped me to teach the full seven hours. That day of oppressive heat became another cherished memory of God’s presence in my life.

This time our son and his wife will be bringing their new baby. My husband’s mother will be meeting her for the first time. A moment not to be missed.

But the heat. . . Everyone will be meeting at a local restaurant. I’ll wear a sun dress. Bring my cooling vest and portable fan.But I won’t pack my fear. With temperatures feeling like a furnace, I have Daniel’s friends cheering me on, reminding me, “God is able. . . He walks with you through the heat.”

God’s presence and good planning–the perfect formula for an enjoyable summer!

Prayer: Dear Father, I pray the heat will not prevent me from attending important family events. I know You’re able to make a way for me to attend them. But if not, I know You will reveal Your presence and love for me. Give me wisdom to know how to cope with the weather. How to stay cool. Which activities I should avoid. Replace any self-pity with gratitude. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the Author:
Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993.Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs.

How do you manage to keep a grateful spirit when health interrupts life?

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6 thoughts on “There’s No Need to Fear The Emotional Burn Summer Heat, Despite Our Illness

  1. i love what you wrote and it is so fitting as we just went through a heat wave here and not having ac it was very hard on me physically. It makes my chronic pain worse, my fatigue almost impossible, and nausea unbearable. Not to mention new symptoms like dizziness and headaches. I love the last line of your prayer- Replace any self-pity with gratitude. I had been so sick and it was wearing on me but God used it as an opportunity for my husband and I to bond. We took a trip down to the river where it was nice and cool and just sat and talked and read our books. I am awestruck at how often God will take one of my physically bad days and turn it into an amazing day that brings me closer to others and most importantly Himself. Thank you for your devotional today, for the reminder to not go the self pity route but the route of gratitude for all God has done!

  2. Dear Joy,
    What you wrote blessed me more than you know. Whenever it’s really hot, I think and pray for people (like you) who don’t have AC. Your reply to this devotional encourages me…I need not fear even if I didn’t have AC at all. Your sentence: “I am awestruck at how often God will take one of my physically bad days and turn it into an amazing day that brings me closer to others and most importantly Himself.” is a great reminder…and coming from you: a powerful testimony!
    You’re not just called Joy, but you seem like you live full of the joy of the Lord!

    • I am so happy that my reply meant something to you. I was thinking of maybe not commenting because not too many people do and so I wasn’t sure if I maybe do too much, but i just really felt that God would use it. I know that on the bad days our illnesses seem like anything but a blessing but it just shows me how much of a blessing it can be. Our words can help each other so much and that’s why I wanted to reply; to share how God blessed me even during the heat and suffering I just went through and to thank you and let you know how much your words helped me today. This page has been one of the best things that has happened to me and I see God using so many of our afflictions to bring help and comfort to one another and glory to Himself! Thanks again for your words!

      • Joy,
        It nice to be sharing this journey of affliction with you…we gotta stick together – in Him.
        “In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.” (Psalm 33:21)

    • Dear Gerhard,
      Your comment was so timely…a word from God to me through you. Recently, I have been doubting that God will use me to touch others through writing. Thanks so much for your encouragement!

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