Years ago I began putting together a newsletter. I did so for one reason. In a world that was growing dark, where bad news was everywhere, I wanted people to have some good news. Only good news. Therefore, I called my newsletter A ray of Sonshine, because there are days when we desire to see just one ray of Gods light. One ray in our heartbreaking situation, in our worse fears and in a world where there seems no hope to be found. Sometimes one ray of God’s love, His goodness or an answered prayer, is all we need to get through the day. I hope I have somewhat accomplished that, though I am fully aware that it makes little difference sometimes in our lives. None the less, I hope to continue putting it out there, reminding others and yes, myself as well, that we are never alone in our heartache and pain. Our journey doesn’t need to be dark, painful and without purpose. With God beside us, it is very, very worthwhile. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Yes, I admit I have days when I feel depressed and wonder to myself how much longer until Jesus comes to rescue us. I ask Him, “How much longer?” Lord. I feel tired and weary, and tears remind me I am nothing without God. If I did not believe and trust Him, then what or whom else would I turn to? A friend can encourage but if that encouragement isn’t Jesus based, it would not be able to sooth the agony inside. My only comfort, my only peace comes from my faith in God and His Son, Jesus Christ who calls me ‘His Friend.’ John 15:15– I have called you friends,
If God is not in the picture, not at all, well that scares me to death, for then, even in death, I am alone, without hope of everlasting life. I realize He truly is my life, because He is the one who gave it to me in the first place. He gives me my next breath, He provides salvation, He orchestrates my everyday life to full fill His purposes, for my good and He forgives me for sin with love that is unconditional. He is everything! Without God, my life would seem less meaningful and without hope of a heavenly reunion with loved ones. When feeling hopeless, I am quickly reminded of just how blessed I really am, because no matter how hard life may get, how dark, how evil, yet I will one day rise in glory seeing my Jesus face to face! All the bad will disappear as His love saturates every part of my being. My cup will overflow and I will have joy unspeakable!
God is not dead. He is not a fairytale. He is not a myth. He is my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, my Savior, my Friend and the Holy Spirit, my comforter and guide. I will lift my eyes to the skies knowing one day, one day soon, my Lord will come, and I will forevermore be with Him. And that my dear friends is good news! Right now we may only get those rays when we need them, but one day the rays will forever embrace us as we gaze fully upon the wonderful, loving face of Jesus! Now that is a promise we can always feel good about, no matter what we see or hear in this world.
I’m sure I shared this before, but it bears repeating, so here goes. My dad always told me, “The best is yet to come!” 1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,”