During a recent break from the 80- and 90-degree temperatures, I awoke to an outside temperature of 57 degrees. I snuggled vainly under the single sheet for warmth and regretted that I had not added a blanket the night before.
My only source of warmth was the small heater in my bathroom and I welcomed it as I stepped from the shower. Only days before I used the shower to cool down.
The thought crossed my mind as I turned the calendar to August that in a few short months, Christmas would be a thing of the past. Would the green lawn be immersed in a blanket of snow soon? I looked at the tree outside my bedroom window and I could swear the leaves were not as dark green as they had been…already fading to a lighter hue.
This sudden change from heat and humidity, while pleasant, causes us to think of fall and winter soon to be. The white garments looked so inviting in early June and are now getting boring and I look for a sweater to top my wardrobe as I head out for breakfast. Flip flops are nowhere to be seen. Only a few hardy or non-thinking patrons in the restaurant are wearing shorts this morning.
While we were used to asking for a booth next to the windows, we were happy to be escorted to one this morning away from them as well as the opening and closing doors of the entrance. Thankfully, air conditioning was not running this morning.
There was no fireplace but had there been one, I would have asked to have it lit. How quickly the human body must adjust to the capriciousness of nature.
I think of how wise God is to give us the four seasons. Would it not be boring to never have a break from the snow and ice, or the heat and humidity of summer? I believe change can be a good thing as well as invigorating and rejuvenating — as well as necessary. Will I soon be hearing snow plows clearing the streets? Will wind chill be mentioned in weather forecasts? This morning gave me a taste of what is to come soon enough.