Gray, dull, slightly wet, and dreary described many English mornings. They are easy to anticipate and rarely fail to live up to biased expectations. I am in awe of those who run in the London marathon in April, having faced the dull mornings head on, and won!
As I struggle to face the day, everything outside confirms my expectations. The cats are avoiding their normal adventures outside in the morning, the wind is shaking the leaves on the elm trees out front with a promise to bring a sting to anyone adventuring outside, and the clouds hide the secret of rain from everyone. The challenges are the day are fresh and raw, inside and out!
The question of getting up often starts the night before. We catalog the coming days activities, usually compiling a list of things to do and things to put in our worry bin. I often lace my rest with uncertainties, fears, and a few doubts. The anticipation of quietness and restful sleep replace by images and scenes of a day to come.
My sleeplessness is often a reflection of my quest to lean on the god within. I must get certain things done in the day to come. I will accomplish a specific task. I will. . .but, I probably will not. The god within is full of good intentions, however I am weak to the core. I know they must be options, but the gray seems overwhelming. I wish I could replace my gray palette with rainbow colors!
Paul continues to remind us that we do have an alternative. God does offer to take on the uncertainties, deal with the fears, and conquer the doubts. God gives us a Spirit to comfort, energize, and lead us. God knows our lives and others are gray so offers a continuous stream of light for healing.
“Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!” (Romans 13.14)
More than a remedy for blues, a recipe for life!