Go Away Sun

Mar 10, 2016

While driving to work and school in the mornings with my two-year-old daughter, typically the sun shines just between that small area between the bottom of the sun-visor and the top of the front passenger seat and right into her eyes.

It breaks my heart when I hear her squirming and screaming in the backseat as if she is being poked with a thousand needles. Then one day I taught her to say, "Go away sun." For some reason this simple little phrase makes her feel better, though I'm not really sure why. After all, the sun is still shining in her eyes. Nothing has changed in her situation or her circumstance, but there again she says, "Go away sun."

I wonder if it is the power of control? Maybe she no longer feels like the victim of an unyielding, monstrous ball of burning gas in the sky bent on her blindness, but she has gained some mastery over her big bright nemesis and this brings her comfort and peace in the midst of her agony.

It makes me think about the things that bring us comfort. It makes me think about our struggle to gain mastery over those things that seek to oppress and destroy us. We don't like to be dominated or weakened. We don't like to be in situations where we don't have the answers or life to be out of our control.

Job loss, illness, the death of a loved one, a divorce you didn't choose, watching your teenage children go down the wrong path--these are all situations in which we can do nothing but helplessly watch and react. We like to have some level of control and answers to our problems, even if it is just saying, "Go away sun!"

So I wonder, rather than shaking our fists and trying to dominate problems through our own power, what if we humbled ourselves, got down on our knees and trusted in the power of the one who truly can change our situations and our lives?

In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Lord said to the apostle Paul, "My grace is sufficient for you, for when you are weak, there I am strong, for My power is made perfect in weakness."

This verse reminds me that though things may torment me, fears may assail me, worries may badger me and regrets may haunt me, I can be confident even though I am not in control, I am never out of control. While saying, "Go away sun!" won't make my troubles go away, I have a Lord who gives me the power and strength I need to overcome.

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