FOG VERSUS SUNSHINE

We often encounter fog this time of year, when the weather can’t make up its mind to let the sun shine so it can do its spring thing, or cover it over with fog.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

Contrasts

This time of year often brings foggy mornings, times when every little thing outside takes on a gray sameness. Times when we can’t distinguish the sky from the bare trees, the side of the road from the center line. Not only is it harder for us to delineate shapes and sizes on a gray day, if the fog is thick enough, life can become dangerous for those on land and at sea. Ships have been lost, cars have crashed, people have ended up in dangerous places because of the inability to see through the haze. Give us a sunny day any time!

During times of prolonged cloudiness and storms, even our moods tend to become colorless. Our northern winters often bring days on end without sunshine. No wonder so many suffer symptoms of depression or seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). We may find ourselves having joint or muscle pain, disabling fatigue, sleeplessness. A lack of mental focus is common, as is a feeling of “the blues.” I’ve often said and still believe that on any given day we can blame our symptoms on the weather.

The differences between a cloudy and a sunny day are dramatic. When the sun shines, the whole world seems brighter. Even our shadows. The lines between sunlight and shadow become sharp enough to cut with a new pocketknife.

However, we don’t have to let the day’s brightness or lack thereof rule our lives. We can choose to overlook the weather’s fog and dreariness for the brightness that God brings through His Word and His presence. Our outlook on life always reflects what kind of day it is outside. The Bible tells us, “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)

We can be blessed as we walk in the light of God’s love or we can choose to walk in the dreary fog around us, missing His love and care.

Lord, clear away any fog of doubt, unbelief or disobedience that might be keeping us from the pure light of Your love. We praise You  for all of life’s circumstances, both dark and light. In Jesus’ name, amen.