Yesterday, we were blessed with a surprise lunch visit from Elise & Brad. The BBQ broke. Five people (and 2 dogs) in a small RV … while prepared BBQ pork cooks in the cast iron skillet … in 103+ temperature … is not ideal. The poor AC in the RV just couldn’t keep up.⠀⠀

Barry made a pool reservation for Elise and I to go swimming after lunch. The water was PERFECT. Not to cold that you spend the reserved hour trying to get your entire body submerged … but, cool enough that it is still refreshing once you do. ⠀⠀

Brad and Barry made a run to a market down the street known for its great ice cream sandwiches and met us at the pool. Cool bodies, double thick ice cream sandwiches marked a moment of pure refreshment. ⠀⠀

There is a verse in Isaiah … “And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. Isaiah 18:4⠀⠀

In a thought … yesterdays refreshment could be placed with a cool pool and yummy ice cream sandwich … but … both were temporary. It is the tabernacle … the meeting place between God and I that provides me the true and lasting shadow of refuge.⠀⠀

The thing is … while the tabernacle is God’s meeting place with man … it is also a place of sacrifice. ⠀ ⠀

The ultimate sacrifice for man’s sin has been placed … but for man, for me … hardship will still come. The heat of hardship drives me deeper into the all-sufficient, refreshing grace of God. ⠀⠀

When heat comes, I shall thirst, not for a temporary ice cream sandwich, but for the security and strength of an all sufficient God.⠀⠀

Today, I hope to go visit the refreshment of the pool again … and I shall ponder the true refreshment of God grace. #Sunrisesandi#Sandiponders#Heat

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