Rain Gives Way to Sun

source: fulinhyu via Flickr
source: fulinhyu via Flickr

If clouds are full of water,
    they pour rain on the earth.

Light is sweet,
    and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
Ecclesiastes 11:3a, 7 (NIV)

The weather over the past two weeks, and the forecast going into next week, have been picture perfect here in Iowa. After a long stretch of what seemed to be endless rain, the rain has departed and given way to sunshine. It has, indeed, pleased these eyes to see them and my entire spirit feels a bit of a lift.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that life has been full of transition for the VWs. Both Taylor and Madison have launched on new stretches of their own respective paths, and have been experiencing both the anxieties and thrills that a new road can bring. Suzanna has transitioned from full-time student to full-time work as she runs between three part-time jobs. Wendy and I, of course, are transitioning from one house to another along with other shifts in life.

As I read through Ecclesiastes, I have been received a much needed reminder of life’s big picture. Rain eventually gives way to sunshine. There will be dark times along the way, but light is sweet when eucatastrophe breaks through the darkness. Life has been filled with the anxiety and uncertainty of transitions, but like the rain clouds departing it will eventually give way to more peaceful, stable places.

Our jobs are to keep pressing on.

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2 thoughts on “Rain Gives Way to Sun”

  1. God has designed life and death after the fall to slowly break us down and drive us back to God. This is a reality and Ecclesiastes does not shy away from it – “Life is sweet and it is a pleasure to see the light of day. No matter how many days a person my live each one should be fully enjoyed for darker days, days of futility will come.”
    Kohelet teaches us to enjoy the good things God gives us each day but notes that the planned obsolescence of our bodies will eventually make life more difficult. “Honor your creator in the days of your youth before times of trouble stretch into years when you no longer find pleasure in living.” He follows this statement up with a poem about aging and how our bodies will eventually break down until “the silver cord breaks and the golden lamp crashed to the floor, the well of life runs dry and the earthen jar is broken and empty.” But this is not the loss of faith, quite the contrary, this is the acceptance of God’s plan in Genesis 3 “Through painful toil you will eat from it until the day you die for dust you are and to dust you shall return.” Kohelet ends his book with this verse from Genesis in mind, “For then the dust shall return to the ground it came from and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
    This is the design for our lives. It has been with us for thousands of years and will effect everyone in the days to come. A life of faith must walk through this valley of the shadow of death and indeed it is the final test of our faith in God.

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