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The Sun Is Still There

This was written during a rainy time in February and I thought it appropriate with our rain lately!

As many people know, the last two weeks have had a lot of clouds and rain! It has never bothered me as much as it does now. For me, with the negativity in the world, I let the dreariness get to me. I find I have to "pick myself up". I have always needed to be outside for a little while everyday. When our plane took off for Key West last week we left Wilmington dark, dreary and raining. As we took off the flight was bumpy due to the high winds. When we got above the clouds I saw the sun rise! The sun was bright and the skies were blue! I felt better immediately, knowing everything was going to be ok. When we descended into Charlotte, below the clouds, it was rainy and dreary again. I kept thinking about that! Above those clouds, the sun is still there! Above our clouds, the Son is still there!

God must have helped me pick the dates for us to go to sunny Key West because they had 83 degrees and sunny and we were able to swim and soak up the sun! I spent a lot of time in that salt water, feeling so grateful! I kept thinking about how hard 2021 has been and that above all my clouds, the sun is still there shining brightly. And above all the hard times, the Son is still there. Hebrews 13: 5, "For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." I know this Scripture by heart but do I always believe it? God, help me with my unfaithfulness! During tough times, we don't always feel the presence of God, but He is still there. For me, it is because I am focusing on the problem and not the Problem Solver!

If you go to the beach on a cloudy day, and don't wear sunscreen, you will get burnt. The sun is still there, just obscured by the clouds. Once burnt, you realize the sun was still there! It is during these times that we must walk by faith and not by feeling. God has promised that He will not leave us. Psalm 67: 1, "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us." The psalmist tells us that the face of God is always turned to us, even when our circumstances hide it. God is always shining compassion, blessing and light on us!


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