“Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights— His faithful love endures forever. the sun to rule the day, His faithful love endures forever.”
My plants that need to stay indoors all winter tend to complain by this time of year.
They tend to get etoliated, too.
They tend to be what-now?
I hear your puzzlement.
I just learned a new plant-world word – etoliated. That’s a fancy describer for plants that get too long and leggy, and end up weak and wussy because they are lacking one thing plants tend to crave.
Plants that don’t get enough sun will do anything to reach a patch of light – including allowing their cells to lengthen at the expense of solid growth. They stretch, twist, and become less than picture perfect specimens.
In fact, they can get downright ugly.
See, sunlight does something for them.
It stimulates cell division. It prompts the production of chlorophyll. It regulates respiration. It develops buds and blossoms.
It just plain gets things going.
A number of years ago, I was hospitalized with double pneumonia. As I recovered, my doctor gave me a piece of advice I’ve never forgotten:
Get outside and sit in the sun.
There’s something very healing and stimulating about sitting in the sun. The warmth induces calm and promotes a sense of well being. Our stores of vitamin D are activated. We seem to receive both energy and peacefulness. Sunshine has been found to have antimicrobial properties.
Pretty amazing, right?
Now, take all of this deeper.
The Source of the sun, the One who tells it how to burn and governs the constant reactions on its surface which produce heat and light and all those wonderful qualities – do you suppose that if you sat in His presence for a while, that you would experience any positive results?
The God who invented sunshine may have a few things to share with you.
Like the sun, sitting in His presence will stimulate growth in you – promote trust roots, give you a sturdy frame, and develop beautiful characteristics. It will promote inner healing, lead you to both peace and the energy to do what you ought.
It will prevent you from twisting and turning into a crooked and weak shell of yourself.
Health. Strength. Fruit potential. The ability to bloom.
All from sitting in the sun.
Or with the Son, as the case may be.
Make plans to spend time with the Son with me?
Father, we need Your presence. Teach us how to get what we need from You and how to tap into Your resources. Amen.