Today as I was walking there was a pleasant breeze and the temperature was actually mild. There was low humidity and it felt so great just to be outside and not stifled by the temperature.
As I got to the end of our driveway, I looked down our road, eyes to the sky. The sky was a brilliant blue with white puffy clouds. It was a beautiful sight, one that was hopeful for the weather and doing things outdoors.
As I did my circle to go the other way my eyes looked up our road and into the sky. There the clouds were dark and ominous. The grays were dark gray and there was no blue to see in that direction. Coming back down the driveway, the woods looked like it was late evening, with very little light passing through the trees.
Obviously, I noticed the difference and began to reflect on it. The breeze was stiff, but not to the point of being blustery, just a nice breeze to walk in. The breeze could just be an August breeze, or could it be the introduction of a storm about to hit?
So often in life we see and experience situations that are like the stiff breeze and the dark skies. Our first inclination when seeing these outdoors is to go inside. Go in before you are caught in a torrent of rain. Remove yourself from in-climate weather. Storms in life sometimes warrant us heading to safety and security. Other times storms make us withdraw from everyone, leaving us isolated and alone. “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)
Likewise, when times for us are beautiful, with lots of blue skies, white clouds and promise we tend to think most others are feeling the same way. We feel at peace with God, with our lives and with our future. It is during those bright times in our lives where, I think, we need to be mindful of others. It is during those high points in our lives where we could look to others, being the encouraging word, or hug they may need. “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 (NLT)
Sometimes we just need to decide which point of view we are in. One way may weigh us down and isolate us, but the other we may be able to see the hope that is before us.