In honor of Mother’s Day, this week’s Breadcrumb is brought to you by a guest writer.
Many times this past winter we have had what I call “dark and stormy” days and nights.
Maybe the sky turned gray and it began to snow. Maybe it began to rain and turned to freezing rain. Maybe heavy winds howled and turned gusty. Those dark, bleak days and nights could wear anyone down. When we are caught right smack in the middle of darkness, our mindset often changes.
One morning I woke up after a particularly heavy snowstorm that began the day before and continued during the night, and realized the sun was shining brilliantly. A large rabbit was sitting on my driveway looking as perky as ever. He hopped away and left beautiful footprints in the deep snow. Some winter birds were perched on the fence probably looking for bread or something to eat. Neighbors were cleaning their cars and digging out. One neighbor cleared her driveway with her snowblower and then took both of her dogs out for some fresh air. The sky was not gray. It was blue. Soft white clouds were forming. All of this was happening under the beautiful, brilliant sun that emerged after a dark and stormy night. That morning, I realized that out of the darkness comes the light. I always knew this to be a fact but it struck me in a profound way.
I recalled the countless times my Father used to say “it is always the darkest before the dawn.” I recalled the many times I heard our Pastor say “focus on the light.” I recalled the hundreds of times over the years in church singing the words “God is light, in Him there is no darkness…” Ironically our Music Ministry was named “Children of the Light.”
I believe it is God’s desire for us to be joyful. Anticipating the light that follows the dark can bring us that joy in any area of our life. This truth has taken me out of the doldrums that darkness brings in any form, and has placed me in a joyful mindset awaiting the emergence of light. Every day is a new day. It is a gift from God. God brought Noah and all who inhabited the Ark for forty days and forty nights out of that darkness. I want to be mindful that a new day dawned shimmering with light and the most beautiful proof of God’s promise…a rainbow.
With that being said, I have since posted on my refrigerator..
“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 ESV
The light of life. Let’s bask in it.
May God bless and protect our country and everyone reading. May everyone have a blessed and beautiful Mother’s Day.