>Did you ever feel like the weather outside reflects your mood? I did yesterday. The gloomy drizzling of rain and blase grayness of the sky seemed an outward manifestation of the bleakness I felt. It was just one of those kind of days. You know the type. Those kind of days when you wake up feeling bleak and the whole day is just a series of disappointments and discouragements. Several times I tried to get started on a project, but was lacking in motivation and creativity was all but nonexistent. I couldn’t seem to talk to any one without biting their head off with an unkind remark. I felt pessimistic and just plain awful.
We have this old home video of three-year old Jenny and my mom playing Candy Land at the kitchen table. All of a sudden Jenny burst into tears, sobbing her little heart out. Daddy (who was videotaping) asked the obvious and very suitable question: “What’s the matter, Jenny?” Jenny lifted up her weeping eyes and wailed, “I’m just so sad!” That’s how I felt yesterday, just inexplicably sad. All I wanted to do was lay my head down and burst into tears for no reason at all.
“Walk toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall away from you.” Isn’t that a lovely thought? Everyone has “rainy days,” when the shadows seem overwhelming. But that doesn’t mean that hope is distant or joy unattainable. As a Christian, I have been given hope and joy that no human sadness can take away. Jesus promises to give fullness of joy to those who seek His face. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Walk toward the Sunshine and the shadows will fall away from you; draw close to Jesus and let your heart be comforted.
I’ve written the following list of “Things to Do on a Rainy Day” in the hope that next time one of those just-because-I’m-sad kind of days come along, I will remember the Source of my sunshine and find joy in amidst of the gloom.
- Purpose to Give Thanks. Seek out the blessings I enjoy every day and dwell on praising God for those blessings
- Look for Ways to Serve Others. I have found that the best way to lost sight of myself is to be active in good works and meeting other’s needs.
- Read From the Book of Psalms. It is amazing how the Psalms so often speaks to the very problems I am dealing with. They are wonderful reminders to surrender my heart and all its fears and discouragements to the Lord. My favorite “rainy day” Psalm is Psalm 42. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.
- Take Any Burdens or Any Sadness Immediately to the Throne of Grace. Don’t let myself struggle on my own. Ask the Lord to be strong through me.
- Sing a Hymn of Praise! Song lifts the spirits and praising the majesty and glory of the Lord strengthens the heart.
Today the sun is shining brightly. I awoke rejoicing to the Lord for giving me a new day in which to praise Him. “Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, It is not night if Thou art near!” (J. Keble)