This time of year we have ideal weather here. It is amazing how we have seasons, temperature fluctuations, yet overall the temperatures on our planet are perfect and ideal for us. The odds of that happening are quite remote indeed. I am enjoying the “perfect weather” for now.
We took a quick trip down to Las Vegas this last weekend. On the way there we got a call telling us to be careful because there was a severe thunderstorm in progress, and if we hit the thunderstorm we needed to pull off the road. I checked the internet, and yes, a severe storm was in progress, with multiple flash floods in effect. They were set to expire about the time we rolled into town, so we went anyway – and had no problems. We could see the lightning from the storm most of the way, but all it did was provide some entertainment.
On the way home the next day, we were driving north, and apparently the storm had made its way that direction as well. As we approached the narrow pass through the mountains we realized that we had caught up with the cell, and just off to our right we could see the cloud just dumping a ton of water to the ground. We began to worry that we would be caught in the narrow, winding roads just when the rain hit and flash flood conditions while we were in the river valley. Fortunately, although we could see that portion just beside us, the bulk of the storm passed just to the east of the pass and we got a total of about 10 drops of water! Phew. We arrived home to see that the majority of the storm had reached home before us. We had a wet lawn, a blown down fence, a minor mudslide that took out our dutch oven pit, and the power had gone out, but at least we were not caught in the canyon with that type of downpour!
We only get rain a few days a year here. When we do it is often at night. This creates an occasional problem because I consistently neglect my dried out and heat battered windshield wipers. Then when it does rain, I can’t see, but it doesn’t last long so I just drive carefully, promise myself I’ll remember to replace them this time, then forget for another six months.
We did our safety inspection early this year, and I actually remembered to replace my wipers rather than get another warning. This was all one week before it rained!
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.