I turned 60 years old yesterday! I don't feel old, I am ready for the challenges of the next decade, but I have to admit it is hard for me to comprehend where the years have gone.
Any milestone in my life is a time for me to reflect and challenge my heart for the days that lie ahead.
My life has been a full and adventurous one. I married the man of my dreams. Our marriage has been a wonderful journey of faith, truimph, challenge and joy. Along the way I have learned a few things, but the most important lesson I have learned is to sing in the sunshine and in the rain. The apostle Paul put it this way: "I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." In other words, this ability to sing when things are good and when things are tough is something we can all do.
Here are the reasons why:
We can learn contentment: Paul said, "I have learned the secret..." That means we can discipline or train ourselves to be content. Some people think we have to be born with a certain personality type, but the truth is that contentment is a dsicipline of the heart and mind and something that all of us can learn. Quit making excuses that your personality is melancholic and therefore you are presdisposed to being discontent. No, you are a Christfollower—you are transformed into the likeness of Jesus and that transformation is significantly more powerful than the personality you were born with. You can learn to be content.
Contentment is a choice we make: Yes, this is certainly the case. You get up in the morning and from the second the alarm goes things start going wrong. You have one of two choices: To sing in the rain or to be deluged by the rain. I know that some people reading my blog may be going through some challenging experiences, however, you can make the choice how to go through this trial. Yes, I have been through some storms in my life. There were times I felt that the flood would swamp me, grief washed over me like a torrent and I thought I would be entirely swept away by my trial. I wasn't! God saw me through my darkest night, He was there, He held me tight, and when blackness blanketed my soul threatening to suffocate my faith, somewhere from the black hole a Hand lifted me up and put a song in my heart. I have learned to sing in the sunshine and in the rain.
Contentment changes everything: Believe it or not, but when you make a deliberate choice to be content whatever the situation—everything changes. Somehow the things you don't have are not important. The bread and beans you are eating instead of steak and mushrooms tastes wonderful. The old sofa that could not be replaced feels comfortable and comforting. The job you have is not what you wanted, but it is providing for your family, the relationship that went sour is sad, but somehow Jesus has put new hope in your heart for the next season. I can honestly say, singing in the rain changes everything. It changes the way you feel, the way you perrceive and the way you live.
My prayer for each person, is that you will make a choice to sing in the sunshine and to sing in the rain. If it is raining today, sing louder, drown out the fear with the sound of your voice, drown out the shame with the melody in your heart, whatever you do keep on singing. Life is too short to miss the opportunity of standing in the pouring rain and singing your heart out!
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,