Have you ever looked outside when it was raining, or just after it was raining? You know when it gets a little darkish, when there is rain or a storm about to come? Have you seen how the colours in nature seem to become more brilliant and more 'alive' at that time?
Well, I was looking out the window this morning in just this sort of situation. The dark clouds had rolled in and rain was on its way (it's raining now, just started not long ago). We have a bird feeder attached to our back patio, one of those long cylindar type ones for small birds like sparrows, chickadees or finches. There were two male gold finches sitting on the perches, eating the seeds. As I watched for a few minutes, I was greatly aware of the brilliance of their bright yellow feathers. It made me wonder why colours look so scilintallating and dazzling just before a rain.
It is that way, even with the trees - the lustrous greens of the leaves stand out in contrast to the dark trunk and branches. The flower blossoms, as well, seem to radiate such brilliant colours at times like this.
It all made me think of God. Not just because He is the creater of all of these things, but because of His Light; Jesus is the light in this world that is so full of darkness. I thought about how often God can use His light in to us during our own dark and stormy times. When we are down and depressed, angry or feeling at the end of our rope, His light is there if we would just let it shine. Oh, don't get me wrong. The Lord is there in our good times as well; when we are happy, full of hope and cheer, He is definately there.
The Light of the Lord exposes our sins and the sins of others. Sins belong to the dark, but the Light exposes them so that we can be made aware of them and ask for forgiveness of them, so that we can repent of them.
We can even be His light to others, even when we feel that we are in the dark. The Lord lives in our hearts (if we have asked Jesus in and accepted Him as our Lord and Saviour), and we are to be a light to others, and we are to walk as children of Light (Eph. 5:8, NASB).
In the darkness, the Light shines bright. Is your Light shining?
(P.S. I hope this post makes sense...)