I had a lot to say. To be honest, I had a lot of complaints, a lot of questions and need for direction. After I’d exhausted my litany of complaints, concerns and questions, I set my journal down leaned forward with my forearms on my knees and waited for God’s response.
It was hot. Really hot! The temperature was 100 with a heat index of 104 and a UV index of 9/10. Even in the shade with a jug of icy Crystal Light, my body was damp with sweat.
While sitting quietly on the bench looking out at the park, listening to the screams, shouts and laughter from the nearby public pool, I realized the limited amount of space the shade covered. From my position on the bench under the tree I looked at two miles of running trails, four acres of baseball parks, two sand volleyball pits, 2 lakes, a pavilion and a public swimming pool. All that stuff was out there in the scorching sun, unprotected. The only thing in the shade I currently enjoyed, was the bench I occupied.
Seeing all the things there were to do outside of the shade, I became aware that God was urging me to leave the comfort of my shade and take up residence in the heat of the sun. For too long, I’ve limited myself by choosing to remain in the shade where I’m comfortable. But it’s in the sun, the heat of the day, the not so comfortable, where God is leading me to explore all that he has called me to be and do. Yeah, it’s hot…really hot, but there are so many more options in the sun, that pale in comparison to this bench I occupy in the shade.