“The hearts of the people are fickle...”
— Hosea 10:2
One of the challenges we face when all appears to be going well is that we may actually believe all IS well.
Visiting relatives in the Chicago area many moons ago, my brother and I (and assorted cousins) were put into the rear-facing seat of my uncle’s station wagon. He and my aunt Ginny had picked us up at the train station and were hauling us to their house where we would camp out for a few weeks. It was a typical hot sticky mid-western summer’s day and back in those days they had no air conditioning in the cars. Well, they did. They called it “four by 50” air conditioning — rolling down the windows as you zipped along at 50 miles per hour.
That didn’t help us in the back, of course. We had no side windows, we were faced to the rear, and any moving air was about a hundred degrees with the added humidity of a dozen perspiring bodies who shared our crew space...