“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

And He Wants You To Know That You Will

Sunshine

I was able to attend a wedding this weekend in Santa Barbara, California.  As Anthony was taking photos of our friends' wedding rehearsal, I had the opportunity to touch my toes to the surf and sand of southern California.  Such a blessed moment for me that I pulled out my iPhone and snapped a photo...

Sunshine.  The sun.  It truly exists.  We were in Santa Barbara for four days.  And the sun was out every day.  Pouring out its light and warmth.  Making everything beautiful.  All the vivid colors.  It was so much of a blessing I felt guilty knowing my friends in the Northwest would have none of it... well, perhaps some sun, but not the type of sun like this.  And perhaps, I wasn't feeling as guilty as I was grieving... knowing that I would return back to gray skies.

A downer.  I know it.   And most of you cannot relate to me at all.  And for that I am glad.  Some of you are dealing with schools being let out early due to the extreme heat today while I am dealing with the rain.  And most of you would long for the rain for your garden and to relieve the heat... and I guess you cannot understand where I am coming from... just as I cannot understand your complaints about too much sun and heat (as if that were possible).

But I have been thinking a lot about it all.  How to explain to my dear Northwest friends that the sun does exist and it does produce bright light and heat?  Because we forget.  We go so long without the sun that we forget its presence.  How it makes us feel more joyful... and relaxed.

How to tell someone about something that is not always felt, but is always there?  How to tell someone that just because we cannot see it, it exists?  How to tell someone that sunny days are ahead if we just hold on?  Because when we are in that string of rainy days... even when there is a peek of sun... we know it won't last?

How do we tell people of a Savior?  Of a very present God who is everywhere even though we cannot see Him?  Of a Holy Spirit that can live within us even though we may not feel its presence during dark time?  How do we encourage those who cannot believe us that there is a Light?  There is hope?  There is a future?

And just like I want to run home and tell everyone that there really is a place that feels like heaven on earth... that there is a heaven?  Not just a heaven on earth... but a HEAVEN.  

And it makes me consider how important it is for us to remind one another that there is a God who cares.  There is a way to the Father.  Especially when we experience Him in such an extraordinary way... and especially when we don't necessarily feel His Presence, but we know He is there.

Today, I feel it is of utmost importance for me to remind you that God exists.  He is here.  With us.  We are not on our own.  You may be struggling in your own "rainy days" and wondering if you will ever experience the warmth of "the presence" and He wants you to know that you will.  Look beyond the rain.  Look beyond the clouds.  Look beyond your circumstances.  Look beyond your feelings.

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

Jesus spoke to the people once more and said,  
“I am the light of the world
If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, 
because you will have the light that leads to life.” 
John 8:12 NLT

Praying that there will be sunshine in your life today... if not in your skies... in your heart and mind and soul...




5 comments:

Tammy said...

Oh my dear friend, I totally understand about the sun...we have not had much in my neck of the woods either. But your words were just what I needed to hear. thank you for reminding me God is here.

gideonmommasita said...

"Look beyond your feelings"...truth, but a hard truth when your eyes only see rain, and you're so very right about the people that only see sun and haven't experienced the lack.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Rainy days and struggling... all beneath the blazing sunshine of NC temps. Yep, I get this one, and I very much needed the reminder! I felt somewhat similar when visiting the mountains in April. I just wanted to bottle some of that beauty and bring it back home!

Thank you for your constant encouragement friend. You bless my heart.

peace~elaine

Laura said...

Thank you. God has been teaching me this very thing in my own life.

Deborah said...

I've felt a darkness and been searching the Scriptures for the Light. Thank you for the reminder. And the black & white dress would look lovely on you! If you click on the picture of the dress on my site, it takes you to her Etsy store. Still waiting for her to make one my size!