When Light Surprises

Most of last week, leading up to the first Sunday of Advent, the weather here was overcast and gloomy. This is unusual for our part of the country, which gets around 250 sunny days per year.

Delightedly, the Sabbath dawned bright and clear. It was an ideal beginning to the first Sunday of Advent.

Speaking with a friend at church, I confided in him that the cloudy conditions were starting to get to me–before the sun broke through.

He told me a captivating story about spending some time at the University of Washington in Seattle. My friend was there for the fall semester and only saw the sun twice!

One such occurrence happened during calculus class, when full sunlight suddenly poured through a wall of windows. The buttoned-down professor stopped teaching, and everyone in the room went to investigate.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them.

Isaiah 9:2 (GNT)

Kind reader, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s light in human form–like the sun bursting through the clouds on a dreary morning. Quick, everyone to a window!

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Even in darkness light shines on honest people. It shines on those who are kind and tender and godly.

Psalm 112:4 (NIRV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️ prayers and love.

This first appeared as a guest post on The Devotional Guy on December 1, 2022.

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23 responses to “When Light Surprises”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Me either, Dawn. I’ve lived most of my life in the sunny part of the US. The light of Christ does indeed change lives forever. Thank you for sharing. God Bless!

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  2. Dawn Avatar

    I can’t imagine seeing the sun only twice during a whole semester! Sunshine makes a difference. And the light of Jesus changes our lives forever.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The sun is always shining somewhere. And the “Son” shine is too. Thank you for your encouraging words, Manette Kay. God Bless!

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  4. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    When I was bemoaning not seeing the sun for days, God once reminded me that it is ALWAYS shining above the clouds. It’s a message I’ve not forgotten due to the spiritual lesson He translated it into. Why so downcast Oh, my soul? Jesus, the Son, always shines above the haze of sin in this fallen world.

    God bless you, David, for allowing the Son to continuously shine through! You brighten many days with your posts.

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  5. Gary Fultz Avatar

    I love light. My wife tells people that they can tell if I am in the house or not by how many lights are on. I so relate. I can get downcast fast

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank God, every single one of His promises is “Yes.” Scotland is such a beautiful place. I bet that rainbow was stunning. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🌈 I hope you have a blessed day, as well, my brother!

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  7. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Yes brother David, let us rush to gaze on Him who is The Light of the world! I was blessed today when I came out of church with the most beautiful rainbow arching over the Lomond Hills above our town; what a blessed reminder of our Father God, who keeps all His promises.
    God bless you on this Lord’s Day brother 🙏

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  8. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re right Beth! I guess all these years of teaching elementary school and children’s church makes putting things in kid terms natural for me.
    Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent to you, as well! I’m a week behind, but have a post coming out today about peace—the word for this Sunday. Blessings!

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  9. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Your phrase “Quick, everyone to a window!” would be a good way to explain advent to children. Looking for, finding, and cherishing the Light. Isaiah 9:2 is a favorite passage. Happy 2nd Sunday of Advent!

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  10. davidsdailydose Avatar

    “God-sightings.” I love it AO1! Thank you for your encouraging words. I deeply appreciate it. God Bless!

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  11. An Audience of One Avatar
    An Audience of One

    You have a lovely way of weaving God-sightings into everyday life. Beautiful post!

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  12. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Good point, Matt. God’s “soul shine “ is better than any sunshine.


  13. jesusluvsall Avatar

    A sunny day after a series of cloudy days is uplifting but nothing compared to experiencing God’s light in our lives.

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  14. God Still Speaks Avatar

    It is always my pleasure to read your posts!

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I hear you, sister. I once lived in the upper Midwest, where wall-to-wall sunshine is a rarity. Now I live in the southern Midwest where the sun shines a lot. Thank you for reading and commenting. God Bless

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  16. God Still Speaks Avatar

    There used to be a hotel/restaurant in my town in the late 1800’s that had a sign above the bar, that stated that if the sun did not shine at least sometime during the day, you would get a free steak dinner. I’m originally from the Midwest, and do not miss the overcast gloom at all!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes sir, Andy B. We may slow to a crawl but moving forward (in Christ) remains the goal. God Bless.


  18. BerryBunch.family Avatar

    “Kind reader, Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s light in human form–like the sun bursting through the clouds on a dreary morning. Quick, everyone to a window!”

    Such a lovely encouragement to keep going!

    Andy B

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  19. BG Avatar

    Light break through!

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  20. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget. God Bless!

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  21. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    I love this! ♥️


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