Today, I am grateful because I am warm. Honestly, my ability to get and stay warm is not something that I think about as often as I should. And while I live in a part of the world that is better known for its Mediterranean-like climate, it does get chilly here on occasion, and I do feel cold!
However, when this happens, I have resources available to me so that I can change my situation. I do not have to stay cold for very long: When I feel chilly, I can (and do) put on a heavy jacket, scarf, hat, thick socks, Ugg boots, and gloves. Or, when I come home to my apartment, I am able to turn on the heating system or switch on my electric blanket, and warm up from the comfort of my bed.
We are warm beings by nature – our resting body temperature is 98.5°F on average – and God has made our bodies in such a way where they function optimally at or near this temperature. When our body temperature dips below this point, we consciously and subconsciously take action to bring our body temperature back to normal, as quickly as possible.
Have you ever considered this? Have you ever thought about thanking God for keeping you warm, thereby allowing you to function and go about your daily business in a more optimal way?
Our bodies function in a state of homeostasis. If our temperatures get too hot, then illness can set in – we can literally burn out, if we’re not careful. However, if our temperatures get too low, then our systems can begin to shut down. This staying warm business really is a balancing act!
Remember that the same God who designed Earth and has it rotating on an axis at a very precise angle – so that our seasons are balanced, our oceans don’t overflow their shores, and we humans don’t burn to a crisp in the light of the sun – is the same God who fashioned our bodies to operate in this optimal way. He intentionally makes us and keeps us, warm.
As it says in James 1:17 (CEB),
“Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.”
Warmth is a good thing. And as the Bible states, every good thing comes from God, because it is His unchanging nature to do good and to be good.
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You for making me warm, and for creating me in such a careful and intentional way. During this winter season, I want to thank You that I have jackets, scarves, boots, socks, gloves, and hats that I can put on to make myself more comfortable. Right now, Lord, I want to pray for the homeless and those on the fringes of society who likely lack access to such things – would You please give them the opportunity to get warm? Stir up those of us who have resources to be able to come alongside community-based organizations that provide clothing, shelter, and nourishment to the destitute, so that they too may be comfortable and warm this winter season. Thank You again for taking care of all of my needs, and for looking after everyone else’s, too. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.