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Let your light shine with brilliance

Yesterday my granddaughter and I were sitting in the back yard watching the geese swim in the pond.

After talking and laughing for a while, my granddaughter said she had to leave and gave me a kiss goodbye. After she left, I began to stare into the sky. The temperature was 80 degrees and the sun was shining brightly. It was an awesome sight. As I continued to gaze into the sky, a change in scenery began to occur. The sky seemed to change colors multiple times, from the lightest blue to the darkest blue.

Dark clouds were on the left side of the house and the sun was on the right. All of a sudden the sun seemed to get hotter as if it was preparing for something. In fact it got so hot that I moved my seat to get a little bit of shade, but I continued to watch the sun because I knew something was going on. A battle was getting ready to take place and I had a front row seat.

The dark clouds started circling the sun, trying to get into position. I could tell the sun wanted to get away, but it had no place to go. Finally, without warning, the dark clouds struck. They engulfed the sun, covering up its rays. It was indeed a sight to behold, multiple dark clouds ganging up on the sun.

I yelled, “Come on sun, kick those dark clouds’ butts!”

The sun must have heard me because he started tussling. I saw orange and red rays trying to shine through, but the dark clouds were too powerful. The sun never gave up, even though it was taking a beating. The sun and the dark clouds wrestled back and forth for what seemed like hours. I didn’t have anything to do that day so I kept on watching, cheering, and booing when it seemed the dark clouds had the sun pinned down.

I could tell the sun was getting weary because there were a lot of dark clouds surrounding it. So many in fact that I could no longer see the sun’s beautiful rays.

Just when I thought the sun was down and out, all of a sudden the wind came out of nowhere and jumped into the fray. I got excited because I realized this was a tag team match. If I had to use a wrestling move, I would say the wind picked up a chair and hit the dark clouds on the back. The wind then started body slamming dark clouds left to right. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Seriously, the wind started blowing like a hurricane was coming and blew those dark clouds clear off the sun. Once the sun was freed it burst into a dazzling display of brilliance, further knocking the dark clouds into oblivion.

The dark clouds knew they were outnumbered and went away with the promise that they would be back again for another battle. The sun looked at the wind and said thank you, I don’t know how I would have made it without you.

The wind said, don’t worry, because I will never leave nor forsake you.

I made my story about the sun and the dark clouds in jest, although I really did observe them in battle. But, the reason I wanted to write about it was because it reminded me so much of God’s grace and mercy. Sometimes the battle is so tough, so overwhelming, that just when we feel we can’t go another step, here comes God.

“The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.” Psalms 145:18-19

Stay encouraged my friends and know that no matter what you are going through, God will never leave you nor forsake you and you will be able to let your light shine with brilliance.

Be blessed in Jesus’ name.

Mary Simmons is a columnist for The Kenbridge-Victoria Dispatch. She can be reached at aboxoflove37@gmail.com.