“in the heat of the day”
Autumn is here.
But all evidence is to the contrary. At least in Southern California.
Or so it would seem…
The truth is, though, that those numbers don’t tell the whole story. Those numbers, the third week of September, don’t mean the same thing they do in August or July. My sister and I joke about days when we say “the sun feels angry,” but that’s only in Summer. Now that it’s Autumn, the sun just doesn’t seem to be trying as hard.
I was telling this to a friend of mine today, and she didn’t seem convinced. I guess she just thinks “hot is hot”. But I joyfully anticipate Autumn every year, so maybe I’m looking harder for the changes than she is. And I was trying to encourage her that cooler is coming. I pointed out that in the Summer, when the weather forecast includes a high of 99, that day is going to be in the high 90’s starting at about 10:00 in the morning. And it’s going to stay hot until 9:00 at night. But it’s Autumn now, and though we may have a high of 99, it’s going to happen more gradually, peak there, and then start heading down. The earth has turned, after all.
And she smiled a little bit. Her expression changed; she was a believer. The weather is getting better, day by day. It might be gradual, but it’s happening, and I’ve got scientific facts to back me up.
Facts are a beautiful thing. They are promises, in a way. 2 + 2 = 4. You can like it or hate it, but there’s nothing you can do about it. And expectation is built upon facts. It’s the difference between anticipating, and wishing.
Our faith is built upon a foundation of truth. Facts like: God said so. You can rely on nothing, more than promises from a holy, unchanging God. He is truth. Build your hope on nothing less.