“Crying may last for a night, but joy comes with the new day.” Psalm 30:5b (NLV)
Sunny and Rainy Days Are Both Necessary
The alarm sounded and as I opened my eyes, I saw sun shine! How glorious! After a week of rainy days it is a joy to see the sun today. I looked at the garden today. My first thought was how beautiful the grass looks. Grass loves the soaking rains of the last few weeks. I wondered if the forsythia regrets blooming so soon. I watched a bunny munch his breakfast.
The sun is great and necessary for the garden. The rain, although not always considered great, is also necessary, too. All sun, no rain makes a dead garden. All rain, no sun makes a dead garden.
Sunny days, though grand, can be deceptive. Sunny days put a skip in your step, the morning coffee tastes better, projects seem doable and the day seems right. You tend to thank God for sunny days, maybe because the rainy day is still fresh in your mind.
Too many sunny days in a row and the memory of the rainy day tends to fades. That is what David talks about in verses 6&7. On the sunny day, you tend to breathe a sigh of relief. After a few days of sun, it seems like you can handle this life on your own. It is easy to dismiss God from service, with a, “Thanks, but I got this one! “attitude.
Eventually, another rainy days comes along and washes away the confidence. The bold thoughts of self-reliance crumble into the feeble cry of, “help.” Notice there is no story between verses 6 & 7. Rainy days pop up and, if you happen to be relying on yourself, the rain can wash away your happiness quickly.
Two Things to Keep in Mind
In the cycle of sunny and rainy days remember 2 things.
First, let the praise and confidence of the beginning and end of this chapter focus your attention on God’s power, rain or shine. More importantly, don’t skip over the verse 5
“He gets angry once in a while, but across a lifetime there is only love.” (MSG)
You have a powerful God on your side. Not only is he capable, He is in love with you! What do you do for someone you love? Do you give them your very best? Do you sacrifice so that person can gain? Do you think of that person’s well-being? Do you put his or her needs before your own?
God does that for you. The best news is, He is powerful and able to follow through. He possesses the ability to make good on ALL His loving promises.
Secondly, don’t let the clouds of the rainy days deceive you. From east to west, there may be only clouds in your sky today. The entire sky might be gray. The entire sky might be black and churning. When you look out the window, perhaps all you see is rain; pouring, relentless rain. On those rainy days know the sun is just behind the clouds. The sun is always shining just behind the clouds!!
If your day is sunny, REJOICE because God loves you and is working for your good! If your day is rainy, REJOICE in knowing the sun is still shining and God is working for your good! Let the love of a powerful God change your lament into a dance!
Father, remind me on the rainy days, Your love is shining strong and hot behind the clouds. Use those rainy days to bring to You. On those sunny days, keep my ego in check. I will rely on You rain or shine!