The sun (Son) is always shining


Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist



Can you believe it’s June? Doesn’t it feel more like October? Lately, we have had some weird weather. Of course, this is Ohio and we can expect it. Where else can you get 80 degree temperatures, followed by 40 degree temps, followed by “spitting” snow followed by the warmth of the sun? Or cold temps in the morning where you have to wear a sweatshirt to warm temps in the afternoon where you want to wear shorts? Only in Ohio! Well this week we have gone from the 80s to the 40s, from rain to sunshine and back to rain again. And I guess, this weekend, it’s supposed to be in the 90s!

At any rate, whether we can see the sun shining or not, it always is. If you were to get in a plane and fly above the clouds, you would see a beautiful carpet of white fluffy clouds, with a beautiful blue sky and a huge yellow sun shining as brightly as ever. Whether it’s cold or hot, raining or snowing, nice out or miserable, the sun is always shining it’s just that many times, because of the bad weather around us, and the low cloud cover, we aren’t able to see it.

That’s just like life. Many times, we are surrounded by the doom and gloom of life. Tragedy striking others around us, and sometimes, tragedy striking in our lives. In the last month, I know of several families who have lost loved ones. I know of tragic things happening in people’s lives. As we look at what’s going on around us, it looks like “bad weather” has set in. But we know, that we know that God is on His throne, and that He is in control and that even when it looks bad all around us the Son is still shining.

As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit of God living within us to help us through the difficult times. And even though we may not be able to rise above the things going on around us, we don’t have to live “under the circumstances.” For Greater is He who lives within us than he who lives in the world. God is always there for us and as we bring our problems to Him in prayer, we no longer need for them to weigh us down like a stormy day.

We can rise above them as we trust God to deal with them and realize that the Son is always shining even when we have difficulty seeing Him. We keep on keeping on and trusting God to bring us through. And His promise to us is that, “Even though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, He is with us and He will never leave us or forsake us.” God loves you, and He will see you through anything that comes your way.

And that is Something to Think About for this week.

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Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at m.thad.gifford@gmail.com, www.3C-Church.org or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.