It's a beautiful Saturday in Mississippi. Today is actually the 6th straight day with sunshine. That may not seem like a great thing to you, but this being an El Nino season, we've seen more than our share of rain! Sunshine 6 days in a row is something to write home about! Adding to that a temperature that may bust 65 degrees makes it even more delightful! It is days like today that kind of make me feel I can do anything. You know...if I can trudge through the rainy, cold (this year snowy) days, I can soar on days like today!
I must say, it is the rainy, cold, soggy days that cause me to appreciate days like today. If I don't experience those days I have a tendency to take the sunny, warmer days for granted. Up until a little more than a year ago we experienced a 3-year drought. Day after day of sunshine. I'm telling you, sunshine in abundance and sometimes weeks without rain. I told God I would never complain about the rain again! Even in our current El Nino year (which means more rain than we need or want), I have not complained about the rain. There is a blessing in seeing the ponds and lakes full instead of empty. And again, it makes me appreciate a sunny, warmer day like today.
Paul writes in the Bible, "I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am." How did he learn that? Paul further said, "...In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need." Paul is saying that the secret to negotiating each day successfully is contentment. Back to rainy days and sunny days...the rainy helps me to appreciate the sunny. If it's raining today where you are, make the most of it...and be encouraged because another sunny day (or 2) is coming.
Paul went on to say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." If contentment is the key to success, the truth is Jesus is the key to contentment. He is the light of the world. His light shines even on rainy days. Perhaps you're going through a rainy season in your life. Let me encourage you by saying that Jesus is the key to contentment in your life. Seek the light of His love and let Him warm you from the inside out during what is a rainy season in your life. Just as rainy days come and go, this season will also come to an end in your life. But don't wait till the season ends to begin rejoicing. Go ahead and rejoice now that you trully can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!
As I said before, I am loving the sunny days (6 in a row). All the rain has caused me to greatly appreciate the sun today. I think I'll just soar awhile today because guess what...it's supposed to rain tomorrow! Really.