Friday, August 9, 2013

Similar... But Different!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've rarely before written about a topic like this one.  The weather.

Living in Windsor (W), Ontario, Canada, south of Detroit, Michigan, USA, many people from other countries have had weird thoughts about our weather.  After all, some people think that Canada is a country of ice cold weather, all year round.

Years ago, my now deceased husband Gordon and I saw people who had just crossed the border, stop at a shopping plaza near the Ambassador Bridge

Both the man and woman who got out of their vehicle, exited their car to remove winter coats that they were wearing.  :)  :(  It was a time when we were experiencing very hot weather.  They obviously thought we lived with cold weather, even in the summer.

Of course, this was long before we had access to the internet, so people were quite often left in the dark, about such things.

Today's lifestyle is different.  Not only do we have weathercasts on our newscast times on television (tv), but also on radio.  Plus, information is available through the internet.

The site I prefer is  Weather.com.  Here's a link: www.weather.com .

On that site, you can see projected weather for cities all over the world, for today's forecast, tomorrow's, or even up to 10 days in the future.  And, you can view the information in either Fahrenheit (F) or Celsius (C).

Something else available is history on temperatures.

Knowing that I never kept track of what the temperatures were when I was in Lake Havasu City (LHC), Arizona, USA, when I visited my cousin, I did some research.

You should know that temperatures are very hot in LHC.  One time I visited there during summer, many years ago.  I experienced a temperature of 126 F.

People sometimes say that they can deal with the heat, because it is dry heat, and not humid, like we experience here in W.  Let me assure you, 126 F is hot... even if it is dry heat!

Luckily, while visiting my cousin in LHC recently, the temperatures were not quite as extreme as what I just wrote about.  Thank You Lord, for this!

However, I must let you know that while I enjoyed time with my cousin, temperatures were as high as 113 F.

Lifestyle is different, there.  At least, relating to my life.

My cousin is usually up and running, by 5:00 a.m. 

She doesn't work from anywhere but home, so she doesn't have to worry about punching a time clock or anything.  But, it is about this time that it is the coolest of most days.

This allows her to do physical exercise, gardening, and things like cleaning in her garage, or outside her home, before the severe heat of the day sets in.

By the time work and errands are done, it's time to settle indoors and enjoy the cool air-conditioning.

Bedtime of course, comes early.  She's usually in bed between 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.  This allows her enough time to sleep and rest, before beginning another day about 5:00 a.m., once again.

Here in W, our growing season is from spring, through summer and into the fall.  In LHC, it's different.  Their gardens are worked from the fall, through winter and into the spring.  It's way too hot to grow fruit and vegetables through the extensive summer heat.

Thinking of seasons reminded me of Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"

Just like seasons of time on an annual basis are different in different parts of the world, so are people.  We are blessed, to all be different. 

God has made us to be exclusive to ourselves. 

With the exception of possibly twins, or those of multiple births who may share the same, or close to the same DNA.  Of course, even those may experience variations in personalities.

The long and short of it is... we are not all the same.  We are different from each other.

A few days ago, I received a phone call from a relative who lives in Northern Ireland (NI).  That person spoke about how they were experiencing a heat wave, there.  The temperature was about 78 F, that day.

I find it difficult to deal with humidity.  I prefer when our temperatures are in the 70 F to 80 F range, with low humidity.

Yesterday, it was only in the mid 70's F, yet I found myself sweating more than I had a week ago, in LHC, with a much higher temperature!

Much like weather differs, we as individuals deal with it, differently.  We, being Christian believers, are all parts of the body of Christ.  Yet, we are not all the same.

God uses each one of us, and our individual talents, in various ways.  Some as teachers.  Some as preachers.  Some as encouragers, prayer warriors and more.

For this, I praise God.  This way, I as an individual, can honour Him in the best way possible, suitable to my life and abilities.

After all, God wants us to honour Him.  In every way possible.

May I ask you how you are honouring Him? 

If you're not sure, please pray about it.  And, pray about how you can exalt Him.


Until next time...

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