In Malta in 29 degree heat and high humidity, I couldn’t get away from the heat. Before you go out in it you have to prepare with sun cream, water and a hat. While you’re out in it you’re looking for shade. When you’re in the shade or indoors you’re thinking about the next time you go out. It’s all-pervading.
It occurred to me that it’s like God in the life of a Christian. Not that I’m looking for shade, but he should be all-pervading. Sometimes you’re basking in his glory, but most of the time you’re doing other things. I find it easy to forget him and get absorbed in the other things.
You can’t ignore the heat – it intrudes into everything. It should be the same with God. The heat, the presence, needs to be in the back of my mind always, in everything I do.
This reminds me of the wonderful book The Practice of the Presence of God, about Brother Lawrence. I quoted from it a long time ago, but it’s worth reading again. You can find it here.