Something I am thankful for is something I really don’t think about a lot until it’s not around very much (but isn’t that how most things go). A couple of weeks ago that the weather was just miserable. It was cold and raining/drizzling, and overcast for almost a full week. I didn’t want to go outside. I didn’t want to do much of anything. But then the sun came out. I can tell you the exact hour that I saw it (4pm on Thursday). That’s how significant the sunlight was to me. It was still cold, but somehow different. I would say it was brisk, rather than miserable. I think that’s because sunlight lifts my mood and makes me feel a little more hopeful. So I am thankful for sunlight.
And sunlight is such an easy parallel to God’s light that it only makes sense that sunlight would bring hope. There are times in life that are just miserable. But when we bask in God’s light (when we recognize His presence in our lives) our moods are lifted and we feel more hopeful. Circumstances may not have changed, but we might view them differently.
Isn’t it comforting to know that when we get to heaven, God will be the light (Rev 22:5)? As wonderful as it is to feel the sunlight on my face and arms, how much more amazing will it be to have God’s light touching us?
My wife homeschools our kids. Public schools take ‘Snow Days’ occasionally. But since our schooling is not interrupted by snow we take ‘Sun Days’ to enjoy a beautiful, God-given day, basking in the sunlight. I encourage you to build some Sun Days into your schedule. Go bask in the sunlight and imagine what it will be like to have God’s light warming you.