As I was driving around in this nasty heat, my mind went back to a few years ago when we had decided to take a small vacation in July. We decided to travel to a favorite vacation spot about 2 hours away. On the way there our car decided to break down. We had just put a new engine in and should have been good to go, but no. An hour into the two hour drive through nothing but desert we were stranded on the side of the freeway. Fortunately we did have some cell phone coverage, and fortunately we also had towing coverage on our vehicle.
That day it was also extremely hot, and with the vehicle dead we could not get the air conditioning going while we were waiting the hour and a half for the tow truck to get out to us. For some reason, on that particular trip, we couldn’t find our blue ice, so we had decided to bring an ice chest full of cold and frozen water bottles, and several large jugs full of ice. Definitely overkill for a two hour trip. We were able to keep everyone relatively cool and hydrated, (including several young children and a nursing infant) and avoid any heat related problems. I have often looked back on that experience and considered the atypical choice to bring so much frozen water with us a miracle. It is entirely possible that it may have even saved the life of our young child. Not only were we fortunate to have the water with us that day, but they were able to tow us all the way to a shop within walking distance of our hotel, and the repair turned out to be rather minor.
We are in the middle of a genuine heat wave here. 115 is hot no matter where you are. Our home is poorly planned and poorly insulated, and basically, anytime we get over 105 the AC has problems. It is kind of the same idea as when you get in an already hot car it does not cool down right no matter how high you turn down the AC. Sometimes it just doesn’t work well and we get a little warmer in our home than we would like. This year we just expected the worst and invested in otter pops.
Anyway, in the midst of this severe heat we have had no problems at all. It has been working perfectly well, and we are nice and cool. Hooray!
According to the great authority – the internet, we topped out yesterday at 111 degrees F. If that sounds warm, it is – even for here. Now the internet has been known to be wrong occasionally (for example there were NO thunderstorms), but after playing kickball with the scouts in the heat of the afternoon, I’d believe it was at least 111. Thanks to the internet I can at least rest assured it should cool down a little for the weekend.
For some odd reason, my warped human nature has no problem believing the internet, even trusting it to a degree. Yet, I don’t often sit down and think, wow, God must be incredibly powerful. Look at how extreme of temperatures he can create here, yet everything ultimately balances and life goes on. (I know – some places actually get hotter than 111 and people live there without AC – but they are nuts.) Look at how much trust he has in us to find ways to adapt, learn, grow, and even inhabit places with such extremes. Yesterday I could have kissed whoever invented AC.
I came home after a hot ball game, cooled off with otter pops from our freezer, and thoroughly enjoyed my central air conditioning. I finished off my evening with a great piano lesson, making beautiful music, then a little TV. Throughout history that would be considered an amazing, luxurious, even miraculous life. I should be on my knees in gratitude. I do love modern conveniences – yet, it was still annoyingly hot outside.