It has been hot and humid. And I really do not like hot and humid. I prefer cool and dry… The heat and humidity make it hard to sleep and makes me a bit lazy – not wanting to do much – except try to get cool. Yet I have a friend in Arizona who goes out hiking at 105 degrees and thinks 85 is chilly.
This kind of weather, just like extreme cold, reminds me just how resilient human beings are. We exist all over the globe in all sorts of climates that seem inhospitable. Somehow we are able to make accommodations that allow us to live and function.
Whether we look at the bush people of Australia or the Inuit of the Arctic we see human adaptability overcoming adverse living conditions to thrive. We see it as well in the lives of those who were raised with poverty, abuse, or neglect who are able to get beyond the limitations imposed on them externally and who create a better life. We find survivors of horrific atrocities able to live beyond the horror of memory and create goodness and beauty. We find those who have been deeply hurt who go out of their way to be kind and compassionate to others. We are not doomed to be captive to external forces. WE cannot control what happens to us but we can control how we respond.
We see in all this yet another facet of what it means to be created in God’s image. To take what is base and from it create value and beauty.