The Man in the Tunnel

This morning as I left my house to walk, my first thought was “this rainy and dreary day fits my mood.”  I had a fitful night’s sleep and have been unable to shake a recent blow to my confidence.  Honestly, I was just sad.  As I reached the bridge where I meet my friend, Kelly, her good morning and smile made me feel better.  We launched into our usual pace filling every footstep with conversation.

As we neared the tunnel on the bicycle path in Marietta, we stopped abruptly.  A person was lying on the path – the blanket covering his head while his socked feet stuck out.  All I saw nearby was a pair of shoes – no other belongings.  As we walked by, he didn’t move.  I felt compelled to do something, but had no idea what that “something” might be. Obviously, he’d chosen the tunnel as a refuge from the rain.

I know it sounds trite – so often said in meaningless fashion with little thought, but I was overwhelmed with thankfulness- mixed with conviction.

I slept in a dry bed last night – even if it was fitful.  I didn’t have to search Marietta for a dry place to sleep as rained poured.

I love God’s reminders even if I wish I didn’t need them so often.  No, life often doesn’t go as we planned.  Some days it rains, some days it pours, and some days the sun shines brightly.  Some days we get good news.  Some days the news is bad.  Some days we’re surrounded by friends and those who love us. And, some days we feel no one sees us or cares at all.

But – rainy or sunny, sad or happy, good or bad, lonely or loved – God’s love endures forever.  I know so well that He will never leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).

I also know God’s called me to be thankful and joyful in all circumstances.  Sometimes it’s just so hard to remember that when it’s raining outside or when life’s thrown me a curve ball.  If you’re feeling less than thankful and joyful on this dreary day – as I was –  I hope you’ll cling to these promises from God.

Psalm 107:1:  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 118:24:  This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 136:1:  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

1 Thessalonians 5:18:  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Colossians 3:17:  And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Hope you have a great day – it’s almost Friday!

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