Hosea 13:5 - I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat.
You look outside your window at the thermometer. You can’t believe your eyes. It’s 9:00 am and it’s already 92 degrees outside which means it’s probably going to be at least 115 today. It’s going to be a hot day indeed.
But I don’t live in Death Valley. I live in a small town in Northern California, and in the summer it gets very hot.
Some people love the heat, because they’re able to swim all day. But for someone like myself, who has an autoimmune disorder in which my body is literally allergic to the heat causing burning pain, rashes and migraines, the heat can be my enemy.
Heat intolerance can also be the enemy for those who suffer from chronic pain. As the heat increases the likelihood of flare-ups also goes up.
So how can we cope if we live in an area prone to extreme weather during the summer months? Brainandspin.org.uk have some tips on coping with heat intolerance in their article, “Heat Sensitivity and Hot Temperatures,” such as keeping your skin clean and moisturized and eating cool foods like salads and fruit which are high in water content.
The description in the Bible verse above almost makes you feel the heat just by reading it. Remember, though, God also cares for you in a land of burning heat. He will give you wisdom and discernment in deciding how best to manage your heat intolerance.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.