Monday, April 27, 2015

The S-O-N is Still Shining by Andrea Merrell

I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12 NIV

It was one of the dreariest days I had even seen. The sky was a solid mass of gray, the winds fierce, and there was a threat of thunderstorms. It was definitely a stay-inside-the-house-kind-of-a-day. Imagine my surprise when my husband came home and announced to me that he had been flying.

Pilots call it “flying in the soup.”  They depend on their instrument training and help from the control towers to get them through the soup until they rise above it.  When they do, guess what?  The sky is clear and the sun is still shining.  All is well.

The lesson for me was this:  No matter how bad things look around usno matter how dark and dismal our surroundings appear the sun is still shining . . . somewhere. A mighty force to be reckoned with, the sun cannot be hidden.  It will always break through and shine at one place or another.

It’s the same with the S-O-N.  

Even when the walls of our lives seem to be caving in and it appears we have fallen into a black abyss of failure, disappointment, and despair, the S-O-N is shining brightly, even though we cannot see the light.  We can try to do it on our own or, like the pilots, obey the instructions of One who knows how to get us above the soup.

Someone once said that when things look the darkest and most hopelesswhen it seems things are so bad they couldn’t possibly get any worse it means Satan has fired his best shot and he has nothing left in his arsenal.  It also means your answer, your victory, your miracle, is right around the corner; you just can’t see it yet.

If you’re in a dark place today–physically, financially, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually–there is hope and there is help.  Jesus, the S-O-N, is shining brightly and He’s ready to bathe you in the wondrous light of His glory, grace, and power.

Will you let Him shine on you?

(Photo courtesy of Laura Pontiggla.)