Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bring Much-Needed Sunshine

Proverbs 25:11 HCSB

It has been an unusually cloudy and gray winter and early spring for us. I had not realized how much seeing sunshine several times a week lifts my mood and helps me feel more positive about life in general. I am feeling the lack deeply. On the days when we get a few glorious moments of sunshine, I have a hard time concentrating to do anything productive. All I want is to stand at the window and look outside---or actually get out there and soak up some of it and produce some vitamin D!

As the parent of a child with special needs, I go through seasons when my life feels much like the weather has been recently: gloomy. Whether it’s health issues, financial or job challenges, exhaustion, or relationship struggles, sometimes I have difficulty clinging to God’s promises and remaining hopeful. During those times, a phone call, card, or text from a friend, checking to see how I’m doing, means a lot. Truthfully, a smile or kind word from a stranger does a lot for me during those times!

Despite the fact that I’m struggling myself, I need to remember what a lifeline those precious words are to others who are going through difficult times too. I also need to think about how ministering to someone else lifts my spirits. And if most of the people we see in a day’s time are fighting their own battles, and a smile or kind word or action can lift their spirits and ours . . . . Then what am I waiting for? It seems like I should follow in John Wesley’s footsteps and aspire to:

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

Will you join me?

Pray: Father, thank you for giving me the occasional glimpses of sunshine in the middle of this gray season. Help me to remember how much that little bit of brightness means to me and how a kind word or deed can do the same for someone who is hurting. Help me see people the way you see them and to try to brighten their day in some small way. Amen.

~ Jennifer A. Janes

1 comment:

  1. How hopeful and encouraging. Thank you God for the ray of sunlight despite the dark clouds.