The rain finally stopped falling from the sky. Wow I felt like I moved to Seattle without going anywhere. The rain was crazy and for the first time since I have lived in this house (20 years) when I walk into the back yard it squishes. Every step is met with mud or just grass squishing. Very unusual for an area that has been prone to draught for a while.
It seems that the darkness from the clouds and the threat of flooding causes people to be either depressed, anxious or listless. Getting motivated is difficult and going fast is almost unheard of unless you are running out of the rain. But as soon as the sun pops out in the sky things tend to begin to get more energetic and there is more motivation to move around.
Saturday morning when I was shopping I stepped out of the store to see the sun shining directly into my eyes. Then I realized for the first time in weeks I needed my sunglasses. Good think I keep them in my purse. It was a welcome sight, but by the time I got home less than 15 minutes away the clouds had again covered the sky and blocked out the sun again. Thankfully there was no rain just partly cloudy skies.
The dark clouds can bring much needed rain but they also symbolize when we are having a depressingly dark time in our lives. When bad things happen or things just don’t go the way I think they should it is like those clouds covering the sky and not allow me to see the sun. But when I reach out to God and continue to pray, in God’s timing, the sun pops out and I can carry on.
I think the world was full of dark clouds, spiritually, when God sent His only Son to this earth to show us the way to our eternal salvation. And when Jesus was born the star shined down on Him showing that He is the light of the world. Jesus is the Hope that brings the sun to shine on our lives.
I hope this week we might all reflect on the significance of the sacrifice that Jesus made that gives us the opportunity to share in an eternity with God and not an eternity of suffering in an unquenchable fire. I know that I am thankful for salvation, are you?
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.