How many of you remember the movie “Annie” with the wonderful song “Tomorrow”?
The song says, “The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun. Just thinkin’ about tomorrow, clears away the cobwebs and the sorrow ’til there’s none. When I’m stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely, I just stick up my chin and grin and say, oh, the sun will come out tomorrow. So you gotta hang on ’til tomorrow, come what may! Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You’re always a day away!”
As beautiful as those lyrics are, I am here to remind you, that the sun is always shining. You do not have to wait ’til tomorrow for the sun to come out. It may be raining or cloudy down here where we are, but take a plane ride, and watch what happens when the plane flies up into the skies, 30,000 feet or more, high above the clouds. You will see clear skies and a bright sun. And if it’s nighttime, you might even see the moon and stars, depending on your location.
God made this universe, in the beginning of the world. In Genesis, he tells us how he created the heavens and the earth: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning — the first day.”
This column is written to encourage those of you who are going through some hard times right now. You could be someone who has recently been diagnosed with a deadly disease. But just because your doctor has given you such a diagnosis doesn’t mean it’s the final word — God has the last word, my friends!
It could be a child that is ill, or you may have recently lost a loved one, or lost that good-paying job through no fault of your own. Now you are unsure about what’s next, how to pay your bills, etc., but now is when you must go to work, trusting God every step of the way.
The sun is always shining — know that! Stop the negative thinking, meditate, pray and think about the blue skies and the bright sun, shining above the storm. Take your thoughts to a higher place, a place where you can allow God and His Holy Spirit to come into your heart.
He will surely give you peace, even in the midst of a storm. I once saw a Facebook post by former D.C. Councilman Harry Thomas Jr. that showed a bird sitting on the ledge during a severe storm. The bird is bundled up and has his head bowed. The message says “Sometimes, you just have to bow your head, say a prayer and weather the storm!”
When these tough times come along, increase your faith, as the word says, “Pray without ceasing!” Next thing you know, those hard times will have passed over, just like the storms of life.
My personal example is when I prayed for my youngest son daily, asking God to please remove my son from the hands of Satan. God did just that!
We have not, because we have not asked. Give God specifics — He will bring sunshine into your life!
Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240-602-6295. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.