For the Lord God is our sun... Psalm 84:11
No kidding... the weather here is front page news. It has been the wettest June EVER in Portland... and well, that's saying a lot... considering that this is Portland... and that we still have 10 days left in the month.
I've been grumbling. I admit it. The dreary weather is not my friend. Although my friends who are getting a daily dose of sun with extra heat and humidity console me by saying that they WISH they could trade with me... they really wouldn't. The lack of sun is not good for us. We need that daily dose of vitamin D... compound it with my thorn of depression... and it just ain't pretty.
Trust me. I don't sit idly by and allow the weather to control me. I've been making sure to exercise... eat healthy (okay... healthier)... sit under my artificial sun lamp... stay in The Word... and confide in a few about how I am really doing. I realize that I have been limiting my communications... including blogging... because my insecurity meter is way high.
I kept thinking that... I've been here before and even blogged about it. So, I found the post... and here is an excerpt...
I decided to pray about this. Well, I started off complaining... and then just begging... for some sun... for a little warmth... maybe even a little humidity.And I felt the Lord asking, "Sheri, can you trust me on this? Will you let me be all that you need?" Well, sure... I'll trust you, Lord. You have always been faithful to me.
The next day, I receive my daily e-mail from the national radio station, K-Love. It is always a Bible verse that is meant to encourage. June 4, 2008...
For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. ~ Psalm 84:11, NLT
I'm thinking... you've got to be kidding? Perhaps only this version of the Bible uses the word "SUN." So, I search and find that every version I look at uses the word SUN. Still, in disbelief... I decide to look up the verse in Hebrew. Not that I can read Hebrew, but I can research if the actual word that had been translated would have been SUN. And sure enough, it was the word SUN.
Why is this so important and dear to me? Because in God's Word, it tells me that God will supply for all my needs. Is God truly all I need? Yes, He is even the SUN to me.
I am learning to be content in all situations and I have started to thank God for the lack of SUN because it teaches me to truly depend on Him for all that I need.
And, again, I find myself thanking the Lord for the lack of sun... painful, but true. Which all fits with my current study, Experiencing God. This week we are learning about "Knowing God by Experience" and reviewing all the different names of God. Because when God was given a name... it meant that someone had experienced Him as such.
As soon as I pray, you answer me;
you encourage me by giving me strength.
~ Psalm 138:3, NLT
[Hagar] gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her:
"You are the God who sees me," for she said,
"I have now seen the One who sees me." Genesis 16:13
So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide.
And to this day it is said,
"On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided." Genesis 22:14
And today... it is dreary. But I will give this name to the Lord: " 'You are the Lord God who is my sun.' I have experienced you as such. Even when the bright yellow orb decides to hide behind the clouds... You are with me. You are faithful... and I will praise You."
p.s. For more information on how to help a loved one who is struggling with depression,
stop by this recent article by Focus on the Family.
p.p.s. What's funny is that I really can "read" Hebrew now...
I took a Biblical Hebrew 101 course at our church earlier this year.