no, I don’t like blinding myself. And no, I don’t stare at it.
But I noticed when I’m driving to work early in the morning, or if I’m walking outside at the beginning of a beautiful day, or when I’m sitting on the patio of a local coffee shop at sunset, I love when the sun hits my eyes and I can’t really see.
Is that weird?
For some reason, I feel a sense of peace. I feel a warmth against my face as my eyelids droop down to protect my eyes. And it makes me smile.
When the sun is in my eyes, I’m reminded of how no one can look into the face of God. No one can look directly into the face of God. But He freely allows His glory to shine all around us as a promise that He will personally go with us wherever He leads.
When the sun is in my eyes, I’m reminded of how John the Baptist, though he felt unworthy, baptized Jesus. And when he did, the Heavens opened and God said “You are my Son, whom I love; with whom I am well-pleased”. I can only imagine how bright is was.
It always makes me think of when we acted out the story of the gospel at a church camp when I was a counselor. When “Jesus” was baptized, the crew brought up all the lights so the room was extremely bright, to represent the Spirit ascending on Jesus. We were supposed to act as if this light was too bright for us to handle (and it kind of was. Boy, was it bright!) That moment, even though it was a skit, gave me such joy because I felt like I was in the presence of God.*
I don’t know why I like having the sun in my eyes so much. It’s kind of weird and probably not good for my pupils. But for some reason I feel joyful and at ease. I get this feeling that God is with me; that I can conquer the day and not be anxious about anything.
It’s a good reminder for me that He brings new mercies at the start of each. That He provides warmth when times are cold. That His glory will prevail through the storms. And that even when I can’t feel Him, He’s always there.
What little things in your day remind you of God?
*Photo by my friend Sarah, taken at Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp!