It’s been quite a hot Summer already for us in Melbourne and as we live in a house with no air conditioning you really feel it.
A hot day here and there isn’t an issue. But when it’s hot back-to-back for numerous consecutive days then it’s hard to move, cook or sleep!
A trip in the car never seems quite so bad. Although the initial heat when entering a vehicle that’s been in the direct sunlight is quite intense, the air conditioning soon kicks in. Cool relief is bliss.
You can tell all the cars with air conditioning. They have the windows sealed tightly and the passengers are smiling. Those without air conditioning have all the windows down and yet sweat is still dripping down their backs!
When you are driving around comfortably in your air conditioned car you tend to forget what it’s like out in the heat. It’s soon hard to imagine the thick, sticky temperature outside.
When you do finally turn the car off and open the door you are shocked at the oven like heat that greets you!
This can be true in other areas of our life too. Once we become ingrained in church we forget what it is like to live without a community of faith. Once we move on from feeling loss we forget what it’s like to be grief stricken.
While it’s important to move on our experiences are important for us to feel empathy for others. While we may not be in the thick of heat it’s Godly to have compassion for those who are.
Lord, you understand where we are at and you show compassion. May we be more like You to others we encounter. Amen.
What experience have you had that’s helped you have compassion for others?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.