The Heat of Summer

We experienced all four seasons while we were in Israel. It was the last three days of winter but it felt like fall – cold and rainy. We were on top of Tel Megiddo when a storm hit. Our umbrellas turned inside out and on some, the material tore off of the spokes! Peggy Knudsen, our Pastor’s wife called it a monsoon!

On the third day, the high was 39 degrees. I didn’t bring a coat!

I put on the capris and long-sleeved Henley top that I planned to sleep in. I layered a tee-shirt, 3/4 length sleeve tee-shirt, and jeans over them. I put on my cardigan sweater and stowed protein bars in my backpack.

When we reached Caesarea Maritime, I put a hooded rain poncho over all of it. I cinched my gardener’s hat, aka tourist hat, under my chin and kept my hands under my poncho. I looked like a soldier with a full pack!

David did not do as well. He didn’t bring a coat either. When we were packing, I asked him if he wanted the black raincoat or the red one. He packed the black one.

They were rain pants!

We left the red raincoat at home! He wore two shirts and a hoody and carried our umbrella.

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We drove through the Golan Heights while they were getting 3-5 inches of snow! The bus driver and guide had never seen so much snow. I pulled a scarf out of my backpack to wrap around my torso under my sweater.

I didn’t need it. We drove down the mountain and the snow turned to rain. Flowers seemed to bloom right in front of our eyes. Spring had sprung!

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Two days later, I struggled to corral my curls into a scrunchie. Peggy asked me what I was doing.

“Probably tying my hair into knots,” I replied.

We were at the Dead Sea and it was hot! I had to get my hair off of my neck and back. People were wearing shorts.

Not only was it hot, but it was also dry. Our guide kept reminding us to drink water.

We took a cable car to the top of the MASADA fortress. The sun beat down on us and the wind parched us. They had a water station at the bottom and the top to refill our bottles.

I looked over the edge and saw a new, straw hat below. I was grateful for the cord that kept my hat secure. The wind caught it twice but the cord kept it from blowing away.

I can’t imagine how uncomfortable Jonah was sitting on the east side of Nineveh.

Jonah 4:4, “The Lord said, ‘Do you have a good reason to be angry?'”

New American Standard Bible

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The landscape on the Dead Sea.

God delivered Jonah from his discomfort on the first day with a plant that shaded him, Jonah 4:6. The next day, the plant died and God appointed a scorching east wind. The sun beat on his head until he felt faint and begged to die, Jonah 4:8.

God cares about our comfort. But God does not want us to get so comfortable that we forget about others. Our first concern is for those who don’t know Him.

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May 2022 Chapters

  • 1 – Hosea 10-14
  • 2 – Psalm 78; Isaiah 6, 1
  • 3 – Isaiah 2-5
  • 4 – 2 Chronicles 27; Micah 1-5
  • 5 – Micah 6, 7; 2 Kings 16
  • 6 – 2 Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7, 8
  • 7 – Isaiah 9; 2 Kings 17; Psalm 80
  • 8 – 2 Chronicles 29-31
  • 9 – 2 Kings 18; Psalm 84; Isaiah 10
  • 10 – Isaiah 11, 12, 36; 2 Kings 19
  • 11 – Isaiah 37; Psalms 33, 75, 76; 2 Kings 20
  • 12 – Isaiah 38, 39; 2 Chronicles 32; Psalm 116
  • 13 – Isaiah 15-19
  • 14 – Isaiah 20-23
  • 15 – Isaiah 24-26
  • 16 – Isaiah 27-29
  • 17 – Isaiah 30-32
  • 18 – Isaiah 33-35, 40
  • 19 – Isaiah 41, 42, 46
  • 20 – Isaiah 47-50
  • 21 – Isaiah 51-54
  • 22 – Isaiah 55-58
  • 23 – Isaiah 59-62
  • 24 – Isaiah 63-66
  • 25 – 2 Kings 21; 2 Chronicles 33; 2 Kings 22
  • 26 – 2 Chronicles 34; Zephaniah 1, 2
  • 27 – Zephaniah 3; Jeremiah 1, 2
  • 28 – Jeremiah 3, 4
  • 29 – Jeremiah 5, 6
  • 30 – Nahum 1-3; Jeremiah 8
  • 31 – Jeremiah 9-11

The chapters for the year are posted under the “Relevant” Bible Reading Guide menu.

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