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June 9, 2014

A long day in the sun leaves you thirsty

CORBIN — Woke up in a sweat, those ghosts in my head,

Had a grip, but I slipped on by.

It’s a whole new day, as the darkness fades

And the sun’s climbing in the sky.

I concede, my love, that I need your love,

I’m before you, a broken man.

And it’s only you, no substitutes who can renew this soul again.”

—TobyMac

Without trying to jinx anything, it looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay.

If nothing else, I think we are at least free from the ice and snow for a few months.

Shoveling sidewalks, scraping windshields and treating the highways are a few tasks we won’t have to deal with anymore — at least not for a while anyway.

But with the warmer weather there are now different jobs to tend to such as gardening, mowing the lawn and my least favorite — trimming weeds.

Since I can’t really afford one of the nice weed trimmers, I’ve been using a cheap model the past few years for our house.

So when I start it, I feel like I’m the Tasmanian Devil the way I’m shaking and spinning around the yard. Thank goodness most of the lawn is behind our house where no one can watch me!

Then you have to use extra caution when operating a weed trimmer due to the weeds and other things flying around at high speeds after you cut them.

Out in the hot sun, you have to wear pants instead of shorts to protect your legs. And to keep from losing an eye, you have to wear those big, bulky goggles across your face.

Needless to say, after a long afternoon of trimming weeds, you will likely be soaking wet with sweat, and dying for a cold glass of water.

Of course there are other activities that leave you tired and thirsty — particularly during these warmer months of the year.

Maybe you’re working in construction outside all day, or maybe you’re a football player participating in summer camps. Perhaps you like to hike the scenic trails we have here around the Tri-County.

No matter what the activity may be, a long, hard day in the sun leaves you begging for the nearest bottle — or jug — of water.

The Bible says this longing we sometimes have for water to quench our thirst is like the longing we have to be with God.

Psalm 42:1-2 says, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”

Just like the way we search for a bottle of water when we are thirsty, or the way an animal hunts for a stream, we can go to God in prayer and find Him.

God is available to us at all times, and we can enjoy His presence by simply turning to Him in prayer.

Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at bhall@thetimestribune.com. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com

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