Except for this past Saturday… it’s been raining for like a week straight.
I get depressed when it rains and rains and rains. It’s sooo hard to get up in the morning. Everything feels like blah.
I’m not the depressed type (at least not most of the time)… when its sunny I find it easy to get in a good mood. In the warmth and light of the day I find it easy to look on the bright side. But, when it rains I’m tired, short-tempered, and a little ‘under the weather’ emotionally and spiritually.
There are many many folks out there for whom depression, sadness, and fatigue make it hard to get up and smile… regardless of the weather. For these folks it may be an emotional injury, a brain chemical thing, a clinical depression, or just a stubborn case of ‘the blues’. I feel for these folks because I know, when the sun comes back out… I’ll be back to hope and promise… but they have a harder hill to climb.
What hope is there when all the days ahead look rainy and dark? The words that helped to define the start of Jesus mission in the world were taken from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (Matthew 4:16):
the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.
Sometimes the dark is too dark and too long that we lose all hope. When things look like that we are all promised ‘a great light’. It’s easy to ignore that message when things are good… but when things ar bad… this can be the hope of our lives. It doesn’t take a lot of hoops or steps…
If you are in darkness… look and ask God for the light.