In my early years of being a Christian, I was fortunate enough to live on the beach in La Jolla. Most mornings, I would get up just before dawn and go down to the beach. There I would stand with the cool sand between my toes and watch the sunrise. In those quiet moments, there is something powerful about watching the stunning colors of light break over the horizon and brighten the sky. It is emotional to be alone experiencing something so big and breath-taking. I thanked God for the artistry He created for us to enjoy. As the sun peaked over the horizon, I would instantly feel the warmth of the sunlight gently kiss my cheeks. In that moment I would find myself lifting my hands and worshiping my Father God.
Now, many years and three kids later, I no longer breathe in the salty air on the beach in the mornings, but instead I take quiet moments during sunset on my balcony at home. Although it’s not quite the same, I can still feel the same sun shining on my face as I remember those special times with my toes in the sand. Recently, as I was watching a sunset, God began to speak to me about the warmth of His sunlight. I felt Him ask me, “What do my rays feel like? What am I shining on those around me?” I pondered these questions and Matthew 5:16 came to mind. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”-NKJV. There are so many scriptures that speak about God’s light. There are also those that speak to us about our responsibility to shine as lights. Just as the sun can’t help but touch everyone in its path with warm light, we too touch everyone around us with something.
I love thinking of our light like rays of sunshine warming those around us. It’s a beautiful picture. But let’s get real; we do have hard days where instead of warmth and light, it’s more like thunder and lightning. We walk around striking people with lightning, stinging (or completely burning) them. We carry a cold rumbling storm cloud instead of the warmth of light. It happens. We may be tired, overwhelmed, too busy, unhealthy, offended, selfish, deeply hurt, insecure, in pain, or something else. It’s easy to forget to watch our attitude or bite our tongue when we are just trying to survive the day. When I have days when I’ve thrown a few lightning bolts, I have to stop and remember to ask myself, “Where is my warm sunlight? Is this really what I want people to see?” God didn’t save me so I had a free pass to treat people however I want. God saves us, and then He empowers us to be more like Him. He has given us His power to overcome our stormy days. And when we have those days, we can rest in the promise that His mercies are new every day! He never runs out of mercy, just like He never runs out of warming the earth with each dawn.
Sometimes we just want God to give us something we need, or better yet, fix us without having to ask. Have you ever wanted that from your husband? You think to yourself, “I really want a foot rub right now but I don’t want to ask. I want him to know I need one and for him to offer.” Haha. God is not going to force Himself into our life or continue to remind us that He has already offered all things to us. He wrote it all down so we can read it! Not only that, but He gave us Holy Spirit so we can hear and know Him even more. God knows what we need and He has the answer for us. When we humble ourselves and ask God, we are acknowledging that we are ready to change with His help.
When we have those cold stormy days when our warm light is hidden behind a dark cloud, we need to ask for God’s warmth to break through. Practically speaking, you need to do whatever it takes to change it, even if that means putting yourself in a timeout. Take as long as it takes to get your heart right before Him. Practicing this day by day will end up shifting your whole life. If you have a deep root that has not been dealt with, then some days you may need a timeout multiple times. Now is the perfect time to face that deep wound and allow God to heal it. You may need to call in reinforcements but don’t get discouraged! You are fighting the good fight! We can rest in knowing that God knows we are not perfect and He still loves us. He knows we make mistakes and He is always there ready and willing to forgive us. Don’t hide yourself from Him. Don’t hide your wounds because He already sees them. He is the one who can set you free!
Be encouraged child of God! YOU are enough! God created YOU to shine His warm light! YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made! YOU are accepted and loved by the Almighty! YOU have a beautiful and unique light to shine that only you can shine! That light burns away storm clouds and darkness, bringing warmth to those around you.
So now, when you go through your day, ask yourself, “Will the sun shine, or will the storms rage?”
Lavender Morningsong (yes, that is her name) is a southern California native. She grew up in Leucadia, San Diego as a beach baby and lived on what she likes to call a mini farm. She lived a wild life until meeting the Lord when she was 19 years of age.
Lavender has been married to her best friend for 15 years and has three spunky children to keep her busy. She has done many things and held different occupations, but her one passion is the Lord. Through every season of life, her one desire is to grow closer to the Lord and be transformed into His image. Through her experiences and imperfections, she hopes to inspire others to not give up hope, to feel normal, to laugh, and continue to run this crazy, beautiful race we are running.
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