Don’t Steal My Sunshine

Sometimes things are just not okay.

There are days when someone squashes your daisy, the grass looks greener on the other side, and you just need to see some palm trees without the forest.

On Saturday that’s where I was, but I wasn’t alone.

Chris was having his own set of issues in Indiana.

After a full-blown pity party, we discovered a common denominator; lack of sunshine.

Chris hasn’t seen the sun (literally) in three weeks. Indiana offers frigid temperatures, bouts of melting muddy snow, showers of sleet, and gray skies as far as the eyes can see. It’s a long way from South Carolina.

I’ll grant that Chris has a much more bleak forecast, but back at home…the weather hasn’t been kind to me either. For the past two weekends (one of which involved a 2 day LONG school holiday)…it has rained!!! I’ve been trapped, smothered, surrounded (any verb will do here) by children who need to run and play outside. There just aren’t enough blockbuster movies to keep my “Big Wheel” rider satisfied. The long and short of it….I’m worn out and weary with the weather too!

After lamenting our list of complaints, Chris and I were at a loss of words. We had wallowed so deep in our own frustration and pity that we couldn’t pull the other one out. Chris finally broke the silence and asked about Upward Basketball. You see…each week, Tuck has to memorize a verse of scripture to earn a star. To our amazement, Tuck (who is our “reluctant academic”), has risen to the challenge and remembered every word. His little star is starting to shine.

After talking a few more minutes about Tuck’s game, Chris said, “Well I’ve got to go, but email me the scripture verses that Tuck’s learning. I would like to read them.”

I agreed and hung up.

When I sat down to email Chris. I was shocked at what I found. Here are the 2 verses that Tuck has learned so far this season:

I John 1:5 – “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.”

John 1:5 – “The Light shines in the darkness. And the darkness has not overpowered the light.”

Well…I think it’s safe to say that God crashed my pity party. I love it when He plants himself right in front of me! 

We may not have (literal) sunshine right now, but God is reminding us that there is light at the end of the tunnel; His light!

I can take more gray days, God’s not going to let them steal my sunshine.



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3 responses to “Don’t Steal My Sunshine

  1. Great post! Thanks for reminding me that regardless of our personal weather conditions, God is always there shining His unconditional love on each of us. I love you, Chris

  2. Kim T

    Nice! Well said. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Alan Green

    Janie, I love how God tells us to “get over it” with a gentle whisper, sometimes. Thanks for sharing.

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