Our winter season in Michigan has been mild. No subzero temps or newsworthy blizzards to report. I am grateful for that.
But the heavy, gray clouds that linger for days and even weeks, make me feel like I am trapped in a colorless dome.
Last week we flew to Texas to visit my daughter’s family. Shortly after takeoff, the plane penetrated the thick mass and ushered us into an atmosphere of endless blue sky and brilliant sunshine. It was a mood-altering moment that brought joy to my soul.
Most of us face difficult circumstances now and then. The weight of our problems can make us feel like we are engulfed in a heavy, dark cloud. But when we give our concerns to Jesus and trust him to guide us through our struggles, he will usher us into his light.
Jesus is the light of the world. When we follow him, he will remove the darkness and restore our joy. No matter how heavy your problems are today, remember there is blue sky above the clouds.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” John 8:12 (NIV).
Crystal Bowman is an award winning, best-selling author of more than 100 books for children. Her non-fiction books include Mothers in Waiting—Healing and Hope for Those with Empty Arms. She is a speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and teaches at writers’ conferences. She is a monthly contributor to Clubhouse Jr. Magazine and writes lyrics for children’s piano music.
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Suzanne SheraFebruary 10, 2020 - 22 : 08 : 23
Thank you for this post and your ministry. I related with you in a couple ways. I live in Philadelphia and visit family in CA regularly where I enjoy sunshine.Reply
So I know what you mean with the joy that sunshine brings, just like Jesus who warms the hearts of His followers.
Also, i love to minister to children, and will check out your website. Personally, I have published one book called Lightlab, for ages 8-12 year olds. It teaches them about the nature of light with hands on activities, and includes studies on God as the light. John 8:12 is the first chapter’s memory verse. I am grateful for this project that God has entrusted me with.
I would love to connect with you further.