I was just helping my son with his homework. I needed a book to put my scratch paper on so I could match answers with him. I grabbed one out of the basket by my chair. It was called Becoming a Woman of Influence by Carol Kent. I picked it up at some Women of Faith conference where Carol spoke. She is an amazing woman and a fantastic speaker. If you ever get a chance to hear her, I highly recommend that you do.
After I finished helping him, I noticed that there was some papers sticking out of the book. I pulled them out and they were notes from the conference. There was a little “diddy” I had written in a corner that caught my eye.
All sunshine makes a desert.
Wow. I never thought of that. No one really likes to endure tough times, but we all do. Some have tougher times than others, to be sure. But, what if you never had a bad day? Would you ever appreciate the good days? I doubt it. I mean, do you appreciate the fact that you have a floor beneath your feet and not dirt? Probably not. We take it for granted. But, if you lived in a grass hut in the darkest of Africa, you would most likely be grateful for a solid floor beneath your feet, if you ever got one.
- A side note–My family does come inside from a hot day and announce, “Thank you, Dad, for air conditioning!” This is something that I used to do when I was a little girl with my family. We were so happy to come into a cool home, and knew that there were certainly people out there that didn’t have that luxury.
A song I love by Switchfoot is The Shadow Proves the Sunshine. This song helped me through my bouts of depression and the medication games. I still sing it when I am going through a tough time. Think about it. You cannot have shadows without a light source. So even when you are down and going through a dark time in your life, you need to remember that God is still there. God is our source of light during those times, and if he didn’t exist or had forgotten you, then there wouldn’t be a shadow. Just darkness.
There are a lot of people out there that go through more than you or I could even imagine. I have a friend who seems to constantly find out there is something wrong with one of her two sons. It is never something as simple as a broken leg. Oh no. There are always many, many tests to be done. Several specialists to visit, etc. She seems to always be in a good mood. And when you ask her how she is doing, she always says, “Oh, hanging in there!” with a smile. Of course, if you ask her about her sons, she will tell you the latest saga. But, from the outside, you would never know what all is going on in her life. I once said to her, “You know how the Bible says that God will never give you more than you can handle? Did you ever wish that you weren’t so strong?” She laughed.
So, the next time you are feeling all dark, depressed, or down, just remember today’s quote: ALL SUNSHINE MAKES A DESERT. (and remember, too–“desert” has one “s” and “dessert” has two, because you always want more of it.) Wow. Two lessons for the price of one today!
May God bless you all.