God’s Word for Today: Sunshine
Job 8:16 They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden.
“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry. Sunshine on the water looks so lovely. Sunshine almost always make me high.” Good stuff right there by John Denver. If you have access to YouTube, take a minute and listen to this song. It is just one of those feel good sort of things.
Yesterday, a Facebook friend posted some sunshine news. This young lady, due to a terrible car accident, has gone through a rather rough form of hell. Her struggles would make most people quit. She sometimes cries out from loneliness. But, she never complains that, from the waist down, nothing is working right. You just don’t hear those words of “why me”. Yesterday, she took a step up.
A special person paid her a visit. Fresh, clean, pure, and strong prayers were said. Hands were laid upon her. God reached out and touched this young lady. She received God’s sunshine. The type of sunshine that doesn’t just warm the outer skin. It is the sunshine that penetrates the body and spreads it shoots of warmth and healing throughout.
The best part was, all praise went to God. This young lady knew exactly where the Sunshine was coming from. She was singing songs of praise through her words on Facebook. It put John Denver’s song to shame. She went beyond happy, feel good things. This was a healing presence that can only come from one Source. Talk about tears of joy.
Maybe for some, this type of Sunshine is just too much. They are happy to stand back in the shade, appreciate the Sunshine for what is does, but are afraid of breaking a sweat or getting burned. They want to hide in the nice cool confines of their tidy little, God gets me for an hour on Sunday. I know what it is like to be of that mind. Been there, done that. Carried an umbrella of security and was just happy with being able to block the brilliant sun and doubly covered if something rained on my life.
God wants more from you than that. He doesn’t demand it from you, just leaves a few subtle hints throughout the Good Book. You can get by with your umbrella for a long, long time. Sooner or later, one of two things is going to happen. Something in your life is going to blow on you full force and tear that safe little umbrella to threads. Or, you are going to slowly start feeling a chill go through you that requires you to collapse that umbrella and take the Sunshine in.
In Sunday school, we were taught an even better song about Sunshine; “So let the Sunshine in, face it with a grin, open up your heart and let the sunshine in.” Hopefully that song stays stuck in your head going round and round for the rest of the day.
Today is a two requirement day. First, pray a prayer of Thanksgiving and Blessings for this young lady who recommitted her life to God yesterday. She has a very long row to hoe, but her new filling of Sunshine is the best start one could ever ask for. And second, if you are hiding under an umbrella of safe and secure, know that God has more in store for you. Simply put that umbrella away, and start letting the Sunshine in……………
Prayer: Dearest Lord, creator of the Sunshine that supports all Life. I thank you for the rays of hope, happiness, and smiles that I can feel from you. Forgive me for the days I choose to hide in the shade because it is more comfortable. I know that you have so much more in store for me. I also pray today for the young lady who was filled with your Sunshine yesterday. Continue to work through her Lord. Tears of joy are always the brightest rays of Sunshine. In Jesus’, who gave His life so I could accept your Sunshine in my heart, name I pray. Amen and amen.