Lying completely still, a learned skill, compensates slightly,
as the window fans attempt cool.
Can it really be April?
Cranky children awaken to birds chattering over the fan drone.
Hot words spew at the breakfast table with disputes erupting.
My energy wanes.
Is it only seven?
Soothing prickled reactions and calming fuming emotions,
we finish in silence.
Dishes washed, papers gathered, lessons begun,
and tears gush.
A quarter after eight, barely two hours into the day, and I have battled heat, frustration, arguments, attitudes, and impenetrable silence. This can not be our home! Where has the peace, ease, and comfort gone? One night of heat has scorched it away? Inwardly, I've crumpled, weary from these burdens, and it is then that I remember a passage from II Corinthians studied long ago. It is what I really need to remember this morning.
“For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling…”
II Corinthians 5:2
“For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened - ”
II Corinthians 5:4a
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” II Corinthians 5:6-8
To read the full text of II Corinthians 5, click here.