What are you taking for granted this summer?

When the good ‘ole summertime rolls around most of us are looking for the air conditioner.

Or, we’re heading to the ocean, lake, or local pool.

A few summers back, right as the seriousness of hot summer days rolled in, our A/C at the house decided to give up the ghost. I’m not kidding when I tell you I cried after the repairman left his quote and went out the door.

As I went back to my office and tried to get some work done, it was difficult to concentrate on anything but what that A/C repair was going to cost.

Have you been there?

It’s that moment you start having thoughts like:  “Why can’t we ever get ahead? Is it too much to ask that we catch a break. We are trying so hard to get ourselves out of debt. Now this!”

I sat down at my desk and stared at my laptop, where I was in the middle of writing a report on a recent trip to Honduras.

It was an epic trip – my 5th or 6th time in this 3rd world country – but this time was different.

It was the trip when the always hot, humid weather about did us all in. We were in a place where air conditioning is a luxury; where you try to move as slowly as you can and catch a breeze, if possible.

It was the day we blew up a 6 foot wide, 22 inch deep swimming pool at a school for special needs students and filled it with fresh, cold water. This was possible only because of a new water well given to the school earlier that year.

Water in this community is a precious, treasured commodity.

On that morning, you could sense the excitement as the children arrived at the school.

Blow-up swimming pools may seem overrated in the US, but not for these kids. The teachers organized the youngest and most severely handicapped students for the first swim session.

It was a first-time experience for most of them. The expressions of pure delight on their faces…priceless.

I heard a member of our all-woman team say, “I think I’m gonna have to get in. I wish I’d worn different clothes but someone has to hold him.”

What are you taking for granted this summer? Air conditioning? Swimming pools? Beach or lake time? Let's put it into perspective...I turned with the camera in my hands and saw a mother carrying her son towards the pool. The little boy, a quadriplegic, had no use of his legs or arms. Our team member realized the student must be held if he was going into the pool.

In the moments that followed, I managed to snap a handful of photos while tears ran down my face. Other members of our team were also crying at the sheer beauty of it all.

The non-grassy area around that $30 blow-up swimming pool quickly became muddy as children took their turn in and out of the water.

Initial squeals as they splashed and tried to immerse themselves eventually turned to laughter and joy.

And we tried to capture the moment. But our cameras could not adequately convey the beauty we witnessed on that summertime-like day in Honduras. It was emotional and deeply spiritual for every one of us.

The things you take for granted someone else is praying for. | Marlan Rico Lee

As I relived it all in my mind while sitting at my computer, the money required to have our A/C fixed at home suddenly seemed much less concerning.

If you’re overwhelmed and feeling the heat of repairs or unexpected needs…if you have no idea how it’s going to turn out…or, if, like me, you’re guilty of taking a thing or two for granted, especially in the good ‘ole summertime…

Maybe you just need to find a swimming pool and cool off!

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