It's the Little Things

Without a ray of sun shining, this morning I opened every blind in my house just as I do when the sun is blinding. For most people, it’s OK to keep the curtains, blinds, or whatever you fancy closed when there is no sun. For someone who battles with depression, it has become important to take this step every morning regardless of the conditions outside because I’ve come to learn the condition of the weather doesn’t change the fact that there is still light. The absence of sun doesn’t mean there isn’t any light. It’s just a different light, and that’s OK. It is still the good light God created in the beginning.

One of my favorite poems says,

“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining
And I believe in love,
even when there’s no one there.
And I believe in God,
even when he is silent.”

It’s important to know these words were written during World War II on a cellar wall by a Jew in a concentration camp. I don’t think these words are a call a thing that’s not as if it were so theology. To me these words say, I accept what is while my faith tells me more is possible. This is the essence of our faith, isn’t it?

How do we move to these deep places of unwavering of faith in this hard life? For me, it is something about the little thing of opening my blinds on a cloudy day and letting light fill my home. What could it be for you today? Could it be that no matter what you’re facing, you still woke up to the promise of new mercy as the writer in Lamentations helps us to see:

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him” (Lamentations 3:21-24).

Could it be as you dare to look back over your life you’ll see surely goodness and mercy followed you even through the valley? (Psalm 23:6)

Could it be the reminder that Jesus knows the suffering you’re facing and yet still calls you to get off the mat, step out of the boat, and come to Him? It is in these steps we find healing, hope, and a place to call home.

Whatever opening the blinds for you looks like today and throughout this week, I encourage you to that little step. Baby steps still move you forward from unbelief to belief which is what gives God room to move. Even if you’re trembling, you’re still moving forward with courage and faith that God will meet you every step of the way. Faith doesn’t make things easy, it makes it possible for God’s presence and power to show up on even the cloudiest of days. When we create space for Him, He shows up.

Terasha Burrell