Consider this statement: The sun is always shining. Just think about it. Your response might be it isn’t because you can’t see it because clouds, fog, or trees are in the way. You might respond yeah, somewhere in the world it’s probably shining but not here. Yet the statement is true.
The problem is no matter where you are, if there’s something blocking your view of the sun, you won’t see it shine. And there are many things to block your view of the sun—trees, clouds, tall buildings, and even people.
In years past we enjoyed mountain hiking in the middle of dense tree growth, but even with the sun shining clearly above, it was darker on the path. We only had faint glimpses of sunshine reflecting off tree trunks. Yes, the sun was shining, but the trees blocked view of the sun and its warmth and brightness.
I thought about what other things might block my view of the sun. That’s when my thoughts transferred to a spiritual correlation of this fact. We learn much from our physical world but we fail many times to see the same picture active in our spiritual walk. What’s the spiritual correlation that the sun is always shining? The son, S-O-N, is always shining, no matter where you live.
Jesus shines in the darkness of this world (John 8:12). It’s true: when light comes into a dark room, darkness leaves (Matthew 5). Darkness is overpowered by light. Jesus overpowers darkness (1 John 1:5). Jesus said those who believe in Him are the light of the world, a light that can’t or shouldn’t be hid (Matthew 5:14-15). Light is meant to be shared. It is meant to illuminate the truth. Light brings warmth, comfort, security. Jesus is that light. He is always shining, never diminishing.
Why can’t we see His light shining around us or in our lives? Probably because we’ve allowed other things to block our view of Jesus. The giants of misery, shame, guilt, or accusation tower over us if we give into them. Continually hearing you’ve got to do more to be sure God isn’t mad at you or you can’t be blessed quickly blocks the sonshine. Such messages allow the darkness of defeat, depression, and despair to alter your outlook. The outlook becomes heavily clouded without warmth, comfort, security, love or light. What has happened is we’ve allowed the thoughts of darkness and death to block out God’s sonshine—Jesus.
How can you change your outlook? How can you see His sonshine in your life? Don’t look at the circumstances. Look at Jesus. Don’t look at the despondency of the world. Look and lean on Jesus. The more you focus on Jesus and His love for you, the sooner you’ll begin to focus on the radiant warmth of the sonshine. It is His goodness drawing you deeper into His love. And in that place, there is peace, comfort, refreshing, and joy.
We can’t see the sunshine when we’ve allowed other things to block our view of it. Jesus isn’t the one blocking us from seeing Him. Remember, when He shines, darkness must leave (2 Corinthians 4:6). If you’re not able to see Him clearly at the moment, don’t give up. His faithfulness is your hope. His love draws you. Focus on the amount of light you do have at the moment. His Word is a lamp unto your feet, a light to your path (Psalm 119:105).
Yes, the sun is always shining. Better yet, the son-shine is shining brightly in your heart today.