Cloudy, gray weekend skies filled with rain and snow flurries gave way to the sun on Monday. Watching the skies clear before dawn while walking with the dogs outside made me feel thankful for the light and the colors before me. As the clouds moved off, the fading outlines of the stars could be seen, as if the heavens were being revealed in a magic show.
Blessings of the Son and the Sun
As the first rays of the sun cracked over the horizon, it was as if Jesus himself was slowly emerging to take my hand and walk with me through the day. The glow of the light reminded me of a quote I read recently:
“We shall find peace. We shall hear angels. We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.” – Anton Chekov
It also reminded me of the many aspects of life that rely on the light of the sun, such as:
Photosynthesis, or the process by which green plants and certain organisms convert light energy into chemical energy, which in turn creates oxygen and organic compounds. Without this process, plants, trees, animals, and even humans would not be able to live.
Solar power, or light energy from the sun converted into thermal energy to heat homes and buildings and electric energy to run appliances and other tools.
Color recognition, used to guide us as symbols and warnings. Without colors, distinguishing hot and cold or safe and dangerous conditions would be difficult.
Running Toward the Light
While running and biking later in the day, I found myself seeking answers to questions and problems in life. Looking up at the sky, the colors reminded me of different people and lessons I had learned from these people. These lessons in turn allowed me to grow, think on my own, and gain perspective. The lessons also helped me realize what is important in life and what can be let go.
It is in letting go that we find freedom, and in this freedom that we find thanksgiving, faith, and hope for better days and times ahead. As I contemplated the places I have been and the problems I have seen in life, I recalled another quote:
“All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” – James Thurber
Blessings Seen and Unseen
While contemplating what I was running from, and to, and why, I realized that many of my trials in life have led to blessings I would not have seen otherwise. Some of the problems I have encountered have led to relationships that may not have been formed without the existence of the problem. The difficult times are what test our faith, hope, strength, and love. Without these tests, we are simply going through the motions of life on autopilot.
When we do see the benefit of our struggles, it is as if we’ve discovered gold or hidden treasure. The reality is the hidden treasure is there for us to find every day. We just have to open our minds, hearts, eyes, and ears a little in order to find it.
We also have to be careful with our thoughts and the thoughts we have regarding our thoughts. It is easy to deceive ourselves, thinking we are doing the right thing when really we are convincing ourselves our thoughts must be right. The following quote puts this in perspective:
“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” – Edward R. Murrow
Coming Around Again
Weaving through my running and biking route this evening, I realized many of the thoughts in my mind this week regarded being thankful—thankful for another day to live and dream, hope and be, love and try, build and grow, give and receive, absorb and reflect the light of life around me. Each day may be a challenge in its own, but it is in going through the cycles and circles of life that we meet, rise above, and move beyond these challenges. Being thankful for the good, the bad, and pretty much everything in between is one way to keep the light of life burning inside the soul.
May we all come to realize our blessings in time. May blessings shared with others lead us to growth and wisdom to guide us upon our journey, and may the journey itself lead us to the blessings of another day.
Blessings of Another Day
In the minutes of the early dawn
When the soul within feels the awe
If nature’s passion and art
That fashion the horizon as the skies part
To reveal the rising sun,
The heart feel’s God’s love
And gives thanks
For the blessings of another day.
For the moon and the stars
Sparkling in the blue of afar,
For the sun and the rain
That run through nature’s ways,
For the trees and the fields
That teem with life revealed
In the moments as the world wakes
To the motions in the blessings of another day.
For the music in nature and on the radio
That move the soul within, allowing it to grow,
For friends and family
And moments spent in their company,
For canine companions and relationships
That allow us to find consideration and forgiveness
In the ocean of life’s waves
Rising in and through the blessings of another day.
For the journey and the miles
That keep us turning ourselves around
So that we may gain perspective and wisdom
In reflections from within,
For those who sacrifice their time and energy
So that we can be free,
For all these things and so many others that make
Us who we are in the blessings of another day,
May God in heaven above know
The thanks within the souls below.
-Lisa A. Wisniewski
Resources and Related Links
Color recognition – https://www.nasa.gov/pdf/350524main_Optics_Light_Color_and_Their_Uses.pdf
Photosynthesis – https://www.britannica.com/science/photosynthesis
Solar power – https://www.seia.org/initiatives/about-solar-energy