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Be it sunny or cloudy, have a grateful heart


I am a morning person, in that I like to get up just before the sun rises and watch through the windows as the light appears. At certain times of the year, I will go sit on the front porch and watch. I love looking at the tree limbs as they are revealed by the light of the sunrise.

Lately there were several cloudy mornings and I found myself not watching as usual. However, there are other things going on that will grab my attention, like the doe that I often see as she crosses into my yard to get to the other side of the road in front. And I’m sure it’s her fawn that isn’t big enough yet to jump the fence into my yard that I see pacing back and forth on the neighbors side of the fence on those same mornings. Those simple things are such a delight. They make it easy to begin the day with a thankful heart.

And how can you drive around in our countryside and see all the beautiful wildflowers and not be thankful for the grand display, in spite of the clouds?

I have noticed how cloudy days can affect people, when there are several days with no sunshine at all (myself included, for sure). I also discovered that too many cloudy days would affect my automatic gate opener even though there is no solar panel on the unit. The battery just stopped allowing the gate to work and I had to disengage it and manually open the gate for several cloudy days. After one good day of sunshine I reconnected it and it worked beautifully. Of course, someone had to tell me to try this; I didn’t have a clue what could be wrong. Lack of sunshine; who knew?

I guess, though, that God knew how important light was to all things; it was, after all, in the third verse of His Word that He said, “Let there be light, and there was light.” And verse two explains why light was needed: “Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

He knew there was no beauty in emptiness, just deep darkness. That could probably describe how some of us feel when our days become clouded with trials, just an empty feeling with darkness. But we soon find that there is light at the end of the tunnel. And we should be quick to reconnect with our Power Source who never leaves us.

I think all too often, though, we forget to give thought to what we learned in that empty place. There’s always a lesson or a reason for what we go through. Later in the summer we’ll be wishing for some clouds é that usually happens. Until then I hope you have blessed sunshine, nature’s delights, and colorful wildflowers, along with a thankful heart.

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