Are you at all like me? I awake in the morning and know immediately what the forecast is. Before I ever open my eyes. One day it is overcast and drizzly with a good chance of a storm moving in. Or it might be mild and balmy with lots of humidity. I would love to think that I’m more often inclined to sunny skies accompanied by white puffy clouds that I love to dream of floating around on. Of course by now, you know that I’m referring to my internal barometer, my “mood-o-meter” I’ll call it.
A melancholy nature by design (or so it seems to me) I’ve most always experienced heavy precipitation upon awakening and it takes some doing, some prepping for the day with my pretend coffee (that’s another story) for starters, a morning devotional and sometimes intense conversations with the Lord before the light begins to peek through the fog.
My husband is baffled when I try to explain that I often wake up irritated for no reason, sometimes fearful or apprehensive. He claims a 100%, 365 days a year clear sailing report as soon as he opens his eyes to begin a new day. Wow, what must it be like to be him? I wonder. And I know he’s not making believe. I’ve been falling asleep next to this man for the past 24 years.
He, and people like him, amaze me because of their almost perpetual sunny disposition. It seems to come natural, no pep talks to their mirror selves before embarking on their day. They walk out of their bedrooms with a smile, ready to take on the day, anticipating that all is well in the world. I have come right out and asked some of these perennial optimists what their secret is. Have you ever been depressed? I probe. Nope. I can’t wrap my head around this. Can’t they see how dangerous our world is? Aren’t they aware of the tragedies going on all around us 24 / 7? Have they never meditated on the inequality of life?
I’m really grateful that God gave us such a balance in our human natures. Wouldn’t it be downright tedious if we were all just sunny and warm all of the time? Don’t we appreciate the variances in climate change? I know I’m grateful for the days in my life when I do experience calm seas with radiant sunbeams dancing around inside my weather station. Those days are reminders that He has promised me a future, when sin and evil will be a thing of the past, when only His light will reflect off of Him to brighten each day.
Job 28: 23-28 God understandeth the way thereof, and he knoweth the place thereof. For he looketh to the ends of the earth, and seeth under the whole heaven; To make the weight for the winds; and he weigheth the waters by measure. When he made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder: Then did he see it, and declare it; he prepared it, yea, and searched it out. And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
What pattern do your moods follow? Cloudy with a chance of rain? Sunshine and blue skies all year long? Turbulent seas? Great gusts of wind? Balmy and mild throughout the day? Wherever you fit on the scale, maybe we can agree that there are built in balances set in place by our infallible Creator who designed the amazing blueprint with all of the complimentary gauges.