There is nothing quite like feeling the sun on your face. It’s warmth radiating through your skin and across your body as you bask in the glorious rays peeking through the clouds.
Granted we don’t always see a great deal of it here in the UK, but when the sun does grace us with its welcome presence, Brits know to make the most of it. Suddenly there is a flurry of activity, picnics are packed, sun hats and swim suits are put on and people everywhere flock to their nearest park/open air pool/beach to soak up the sun.
I have to admire Brits for their tenacity. The sheer determination to capitalise on every last little bit of the warm weather, and their sheer grit to remain outdoors when the weather turns. But I can’t help wondering, if we are so captivated by the seasonal glow from the sun, how much more should we be captivated by the ever-present and eternal warmth from the Son?
Jesus came so that we could have life and live it to the full (John 10:10). We as humans were designed by God to have relationship with Him, to bask in His glory, not sit shivering on a beach in a t-shirt and shorts, towel wrapped around us, desperate to look like we are having the time of our lives whilst being in denial that we are experiencing a ‘proper’ summer.
Jesus didn’t just come to bring warmth, hope, love, forgiveness and freedom. He came so that we could feel His warmth, His love, His forgiveness personally, so that we could extend it to others. He came so that we could experience the joys of summer in our lives, in our hearts and in our relationships.
And the true beauty of the Son is He shines all year round.
The sun is an integral part of life on earth, without it we would cease to exist. Plants need the sun to grow, and guess what? So do we. When we are in the presence of the one true Son, Jesus Christ we will be refreshed, restored and renewed. We will find strength to face the day, stretch and grow our muscles of faith to climb that mountain and find renewed hope that with God anything really is possible. Jesus loves us and He is waiting for us to look up to Him, and feel His warmth on our face each and every day of our lives.
If you have found yourself in the middle of a storm lately, feeling downtrodden or downcast, look up for the Son and you will find that little ray of sunshine breaking through the clouds.