It’s raining yet again and winter has decided to stick around for a bit. The world outside the window is dreary, and on days like this it can seem as if the cold just slips right into the soul, threatening a hard freeze right there in my spirit. On days like this I crave sunshine and warmth and flowers and all things spring, all things new.
On days like this it’s hard to put even one foot on the ground, much less two.
When you’re already weary, days like this are hard.
Days like this can make God seem far away.
Days like this when you’re missing your loved one who left too soon and now you’re here to make sense of a world without them.
Days like this when you feel like a failure because the child you birthed and you raised took a path you would not have chosen, and you wring your hands because you don’t know where you went wrong.
Days like this when your body is riddled with sickness, and that word was used, and the doctors don’t know, but they’ll do their best.
Days like this when your tears fall like the rain that is falling outside the window, because aren’t you a Christian and aren’t you supposed to trust Him? And Jesus said pick up your cross, but you didn’t realize that cross could get so heavy. The preacher preached blessings and you mistakingly thought that meant a life with Jesus meant no troubles. You didn’t realize how hard it would be to trust Him and you question…why?
Days like this you forget that in order for a seed to grow there must be rain.
Without rain it would never take root, without rain it would never sprout, without rain it would never blossom into the beautiful flower that it was meant to be.
The same goes for you and me. We would never grow spiritually in our faith if we didn’t occasionally suffer through rain in our lives.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. – 1 peter 1:6-7
And where is joy to be found on the cold dreary days of your life? In Him. In the Sonshine that promises He is always with you if you believe in Him.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.”- John 14:1
In belief in Him, we have that promise that no matter what we go through this side of Heaven, it’s all for His glory, He’s perfecting our faith. He’s drawing us near so that through our trials we can be a comfort to others in their time of dark days. So that through us He can be revealed and his Son can shine.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Cor. 4:17
Days like this we have hope in the promise of spring after the long days of winter. We know it will come and that gives us comfort, so we should also remember the hope and comfort in Jesus, that even though there will be days of hard, cold, rain…He wants us to trust him that spring will come, and the rain only helps us grow into what we were meant to be. And even on cloudy days..
the Son is still shining.