We had one of those crisp, sunny, clear wintry days today where the sun streamed in our windows leaving large sun puddles on the floor. I found one of those sun puddles and sat down and ate my lunch in it. Ahh. Lovely. This made me think of spiritual applications. (I think I learned from the Puritans that you can find a spiritual application in most everything, though I am hardly in their league when it comes to doing this.) Anyway, this made me think of several things. One is that the sun is so cheering, especially in a place where it can be gray for the winter months. God brightens our lives, creating sun puddles in the midst of gray. Second, we should grab hold of those puddles and bask in them, because soon they may be gone. But then we can still soak them up in our memory. God does so many good things for us, and we can get distracted by the difficulties and troubles, even little troubles like a broken washing machine or a sore throat. If we enjoy the surprise of the sun puddles, we can interpret all God’s ways toward us in a good light. And this makes us grateful and contented and peaceful.
Okay, some of you are looking for shade puddles because you have sun pouring in all year long. Fine. I can work with that.