Today is the first time in several days that I have seen a blue sky. There is not a cloud in the sky and the sun is shining brightly. It is a beautiful, albeit cold, day. While I am very thankful for the rain that God brought this past weekend, and while I will continue to pray for rain, it is wonderful to see the bright blue sky again.
The beauty of this morning got me to thinking about a song that I have sung for many years.
Blue skies and rainbows
And sunbeams from heaven,
Are what I can see
When my Lord is living in me.
I know that Jesus is well and alive today
He makes His home in my heart.
Nevermore will I be alone since He
Promised me that He never would part.
Studies show that moods and attitudes of people can be affected by variations in the weather. Cloudy days tend to bring about lethargy, pessimism and sadness while sunny days tend to create more energy, optimism and happiness.
Although changes in weather can produce different emotions, when Christ lives in your heart, He provides a joy that cannot be suppressed by a cloudy day. He brings a contentment that cannot be achieved by a worldly measure of success. Christ provides a hope that cannot fade or diminish because it is a hope that promises a glorious life that will follow this one; a life that is free from pain, anguish and grief. To those who allow Christ to dwell in their hearts, He has given the knowledge of the magnificent riches that await us in heaven.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire — may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV)
Anyone can recognize the beauty of a sunny day or a day when dreams are fulfilled. Only a child of God can realize the joy of the promise of everlasting life! May each of your days be filled with the sun shining down on you through the love and grace of Christ Jesus!