The day is Yours, the night is Yours; You have established and prepared the (heavenly) light and the sun. (Psalm 74:16. AMP)
On a particularly gloomy and rainy day, my son, (who was three at the time) and I hopped in the car off to an appointment. As I backed out of the garage into the driveway, my son looked up at the sky and asked, “Mommy, where’s the sun?” I quickly responded, “Oh, the sun’s behind the clouds, Baby.” His follow-up question was, “Why does the sun go behind the clouds?” While trying to develop an explanation I thought would be understandable for a three-year-old, my son came up with his own clever answer. “I know. The sun goes behind the clouds so it won’t get wet.” I thought to myself, “Brilliant!”
Although the sun may not actually go behind the clouds so it won’t get wet, it is back there, still shining as brightly as it ever has. Even on our gloomiest day, physically or emotionally, the sun is still shining; but not only is that hot sphere of glowing gases we call the s-u-n still shining radiantly, so is our Savior, God’s S-O-N.
Our lives are made up of so many ups and downs, and sometimes it so easy to allow ourselves to sink into depression during those down times because we feel hopeless. It takes a great amount of faith to recognize that Jesus, who is our very present help in times of need, is right there with us to lift up our hung-down heads, to raise us back to joy. The Son is always shining. We must remember not to forget Hebrews 4:16, So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most (NLT). It’s also important to remember that we can come out of our gloominess with this Scripture in mind, We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith (Hebrews 12:2, NLT).
One of our dearest friends lost his battle with cancer, recently. One of the most remarkable things about his passing was his wife’s attitude before, during and after the funeral. All the possible sadness that could accompany such an event, was surpassed by the joy she felt, knowing where he was and the cessation of pain he was now experiencing. Of course, she misses him terribly but has been able to keep her eyes on the Son, whom she knows has her back.
There is coming a day when there will be no need for the sun: And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light (Rev. 12:23, NLT). Until that day comes, while here on earth, we can be comforted by the fact that the sun and the Son is always shining for us.