March Sixth; The Sunshine

 I did not have to give my son a ride to work this morning, he happily drove his now repaired car. The morning began overcast and slightly depressing.  As I scrolled through the blog notifications, I enjoyed my coffee and reading while I waited for mom’s call. Two of the three cats were outside waiting breakfast. When mom called, the phone that was sitting nearby on charge, immediately died. I got up and went for another phone, 4 came with the system I bought, but one has since been sent to technology heaven. When I answered and was speaking with mom I was also trying to find out why the other phone didn’t charge. Turns out, if you don’t have the base fully plugged into an outlet, it won’t charge, who knew?

After talking with mom, I went out to feed the cats. Of course they ran, but when they saw me just plop myself down on the top step they realized that if they wanted to eat, they had to accept my presence. Cats do not like being forced to do anything but will when they can act as if it is their idea.

It was humorous watching them as they tried to decide which was stronger, hunger or fear. Finally the larger of the three could take it no longer and came over to eat. The more vocal sat at the bottom of the steps trying to be brave, but simply couldn’t muster it up. Suddenly the third cat appeared. It is the smaller of the three but braver than the more vocal. The larger one had jumped off the steps and the smaller came up with only slight hesitation.

All the while I’m sitting as still as possible. Any movement sent them all scattering. I was sitting there, still in my retirement uniform, coffee cooling quickly beside me, and I’m trying not to shiver in the cool morning breeze. Then, the sun broke free of the cloud cover. The light bright and glorious. I sat there for a while longer, trying not to laugh when two of the three scared off the black cat that had wandered up from mom’s. She gets fed down there, the same thing I feed the three, so I know she isn’t going hungry.

I did notice a black and white cat down at mom’s. Someone must have shared that the people around here are suckers and will feed any and all.

 But that sunlight, that glorious, amazing, shining sunlight. We’ve had so much rain recently that every time seeing the sun now is very uplifting. But it isn’t just the natural, sun in the sky that can make such a big difference in our life.

A life time ago I was going through a serious storm. The only way to survive, was escape. I had to gather up my courage and call home and swallowing pride, ask for a bus ticket back. I was living out of state and this was the only way out. I had shoved what I could into several suitcases, persuaded a friend to take me to the bus station and after a frightening delay, was on my way home. (The ‘friend’ went and told were I was and my then husband came after me but that’s another story)

A bus ride from Lake Charles, LA to Charlotte, NC is a long-long ride. At one point a man somewhere around my age walked back and asked if he could sit beside me. We then talked about various things all the way up to my destination. During that long ride in the dark of the night, he was sent to be my sunshine. 

Over the course of this past year, while I have battled with the understanding of my job loss, I have had several friends who have been that sunshine in the clouds. Their friendship and insight have shone through and helped guide the way to where I am now, and continue to head toward. 

When I gave my life to Jesus the Christ and became a Believer and Follower, I learned of His light. There have been many times when I have faced storms, when the dark seemed to seek to swallow me, and fear a weight on my spirit. Every time, He has provided and strengthened me. Many times He has used others to be His light, their willingness to let themselves be a reflection of His and be His hands on earth have always been amazing and uplifting.

The knowledge that He is always with me, while not one I always acknowledge in my own weakness, has helped me grow and become stronger.It is a comfort in the storms, a light in the dark. He is the Sonshine that brightens life. I am grateful.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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2 Responses to March Sixth; The Sunshine

  1. Shelly says:

    I like the phrase “sunshine in the clouds”. I have friends who are sunshine to me as well … so thankful for them. Your life experiences seem to have given you helpful perspectives for ever occurring storms. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you for visiting, and leaving such kind words. I believe that everything we go through, is a lesson if we allow it to be. Through that, we have a better understanding of what others are facing and can offer support because of that.

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