Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Daily Son Shine

Clouds persistently linger. Winds briskly blow. Raindrops steadily dribble. Mud puddles swell. Sun, are you there? Sure doesn’t feel like it. 

Of course the sun hangs in the heavens. Earth orbits the sun, making one revolution in 365 days and one rotation every 24 hours. Similar to a hub the sun shifts at a snail’s pace while all the planets continuously move around it. Yet why do we imagine it gone?

I’ve fought those notions of an absent sun for the last three weeks, allowing cloudy, wet, and cold conditions to affect my attitude. I know the sun’s out there but with no warmth and no shine, I tend to get disheartened. Why?

Researchers claim a lack of sunlight may lead to a form of clinical depression in some people. Seeing little sunlight can cause the development of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). And talk about sad—the symptoms for this disorder range from mood swings to suicidal thoughts. 

When clouds gather, gloomy demeanors may form within our subconscious. An extended time of stormy weather breeds discouragement even while our minds comprehend the sun’s existence. Do similar feelings grow within our souls when we witness the gathering storms of rebellion, dissension, wickedness, and just plain evil? Do these acts of corruption lead to despair and depression? Truly the consequences of sin result in sadness. And I will declare the lack of Son light is to blame. 

Son light? Yes, Son light radiating from the love and warmth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. He exists and is always available just like the sun our earth travels around. But when we allow sorrow and tragedy to be our focus as a dreary rainy day, we lose sight of the Son’s existence. Life grows cold and dismal. We perceive only gathering storm clouds, seeing only murky skies.

YET God’s Word tells us He is also in the clouds. Actually the clouds are the dust of His feet says the prophet Nahum. He is there in the storm. He is with us, come rain or shine. Hear His words from the pens of prophets and patriarchs, apostles and Jesus Himself.

So you see, God is with us. He is our leader. His priests blow their trumpets and lead us into battle against you. O people of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed!” 2 Chronicles 13:12 (NLT)

The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great,
    and he never lets the guilty go unpunished.
He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm.
    The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet. Nahum 1:3 (NLT)

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. Psalm 84:11 (NLT)

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isaiah 7:14 (NLT)

Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless. Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed. For God is with us!” Isaiah 8:10 (NLT)

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 (NLT)

After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” John 3:2 (NLT)

And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 1 John 5:20 (NLT)

If you’re experiencing stormy weather, maybe grab an umbrella, but definitely grab the Word of God. Even as the clouds hang low in the sky, both the Son and the sun shine light on you. Focus on the unseen until we meet again next week. In the meantime, let your praises rise to our faithful God with Nicole C. Mullen’s song “Holy Captivated” (link below).

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)

Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NLT)


  1. We will forever be affected by the sun and the Son in some way or another. I love how you un-peal the significance of both of them. Mood and attitude will nearly always surface because they are birthed out of circumstance. I am encouraged to have all the Son-sun light I need. You have become my favorite writer because your connection to heaven comes out in the content of what you write. Thanking God for you Debbie.

    1. Lady, you certainly are a good writer as well. God speaks through your responses. Wow - thank you! And thanking God for you too!