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by Joseph Mazzella
After almost two days of steady, constant rain, the sun came out this morning.
It was so glorious. It almost took my breath away. The sun set everything to glowing. The Autumn leaves were ablaze in their reds, and shimmered in their yellows, oranges, and golds. Strong fresh gusts of wind sent the falling leaves to racing across the road and dancing through the air. The beauty, wonder, and awe of this fantastic world that God created for us was everywhere. It was like the dark, negative photograph of this Earth had finally been developed into the spectacular, color print of the Heaven it could be. It was worth sitting through two days of rain in order to rejoice in this joyous sight.
The next time it starts raining in your life what are you going to do? Are you going to slump down, dwell in your lows, shiver in the cold, and complain about your life or are you going to stand up, turn your lows into highs, dance in the puddles, and sing in the rain?
The choice is yours.
God loves it when we rejoice in the sunny days of our lives, but God loves it even more when we learn, grow, and choose love and joy in both the sunshine and the rain.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it againrejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. (Philippians 4:4-5)
Author: Joseph Mazzella
Publication Date: November 20, 2002