Religion

Don’t let the heat disassemble you

It’s been so stinking sticky.

I like fiddling in the garage making stuff. Fun for me it is playing with cardboard boxes.

I love making all kinds of fun things. Some for the grandkids like pirate ships, castles, trains and cowboys.

Crayon boxes, cars, ovens and refrigerators have been my latest stage prop creations. All the work of a novice, mind you.

Adventure can be created from a box, duct tape and a hot glue gun. Oh, yes, I can’t forget the spray paint. Give me a good can of spray paint. You name it, have spray paint; it will get painted.

Because of my fondness for spray paint, cardboard boxes, hot glue guns and anything else used to create, my hands usually tell the story of what I’ve been doing on a given day.

Forget fingernail polish and manicures. They wouldn’t last a day because I refuse to wear gloves.

My latest handiwork has taken shape in this sultry, muggy, sweat-inducing weather. Rain has me stuck in the garage and here’s where the whole thing gets sticky.

A lot of adhesive in the form of duct tape and even hot glue went into the making of a life-size oven and refrigerator. As time passed and the heat got progressively worse, I had to take a breather or become a smoldering wick.

Everything was looking pretty good. I had even spray-painted vases to match the “Kelly’s Test Kitchen” décor.

We were trying to capture the look of a cooking show TV set. We had the cook, but we needed to do our best with the props.

After a long summer’s night, I arose from my bed and hurried to check on my appliances. They were a wilted mess. The tape had begun to release everywhere and the boxes looked like they’d been drenched. It was a sad sight.

Then there was the vase fiasco. I’d packed the dried vases in newspaper to protect them when transporting. Those suckers got stuck to the paper and when the paper was pulled away, the paint went with it and there you have it…a stinkin’ sticky mess.

That’ll preach. Have you ever felt like you were disassembling because of the heat? Maybe, it’s simply been the heat of life. Melting under pressure can be very, very real. So, how do we cool off and find our way back to wholeness?

An air-conditioner helps and lots of water; but for when we feel like a smoldering wick in our hearts, I call to mind the scripture, “The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11

Now, that’s a cooling thought for righting our hearts in a sticky situation, y’all. Stay cool.

Kandi Farris, a freelance correspondent, also is a speaker on matters of faith and values.

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