Sunshine and Rain
These last two weeks have had the ebb and flow of some incredible high's and some equally distressing low's. The sunshine moments sustain us for those times when
for whatever reasons life takes a downward turn.
Problems come from all angles, and since we are not God we feel the human emotion of hurt, pain and joy, sometimes all in the same day. Sometimes we are the cause others we are the victim, yet through it all we continue to be sustained by a God who walks us throught the valley of the shadow of death, and thus we fear no evil that comes against us. Yet it still hurts deeply when we are sober and able to feel.
Whether it is a passing of someone we love like Charlotte Latham who is truly in the Hall of Faith, conflict on our jobs, in our churches or in our relationships, we are able to deal with it all because the grace of an amazing God we serve sustains us. And you know we must remember, we are but human beings, and that is why Jesus uttered those always quotable words, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. We are all flawed, but sometimes we feel really flawed because others make us feel that way, and it hurts.
On the other hand, the sunshine comes usually after the rain. The light of morning comes after darkness. The son rose so the sun could shine, and we could feel all over our bodies the warmth of forgiveness, love and acceptance. Our sister Charlotte was one of those people who was the sunshine and made us all feel better than we really are. And that is what God does every day, make us feel better than we really are.
Don't take me wrong in this blog, my life is fabulous right now though I deeply miss the folks who have been a major part of my life in these past few years. I have been given the gift of seeing the pain others are in and though I have very few answers that don't begin with the Lord's solutions, I can see it, sometimes feel it and often feel perplexed when feeling the brunt of it.
As humans we say and do some really stupid things, but that is exactly why there is sunshine and rain, joy and pain, and a cross and a resurrection. We are the joyful recipients of the love of our creator even when we feel unloved, or just having a very bad day. Jesus arose to let us know there is always a tomorrow.
So if today the rain has you drenched, despondent and all wet from frustration, take heart that the son will rise, and the sunshine will bring you hope for a much brighter day!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.