Closer Than You Know

The other day I was on my commute to work and I noticed some solar panels on the roof of someone’s home. I thought, does that even work in the winter?

You know what I mean?

Winter can be depressing. Trees are bare. The air is cold. It’s even harder to get out of your warm blankets in the morning. And, it seems as though the sun itself is hiding.

The winter sky looks grey. It always seems cloudy. It’s almost never bright and sunny.

Naturally, being the Google fanatic that I am, I decided to look it up. Would these panels actually get any energy at all? I was thrilled by the article I found here.

This line really caught my eye: “It’s winter in the Northern Hemisphere and we’re at our closest point to the Sun. Closest? Yes, you read that right. Closest.”

That smacked me in the face.

I’m in a good season. It might be winter in season, but in my soul it is summer.

Hallelujah for that.

I love my job, I love my church, I love some fun things that are developing in my life. But I’ve been in the “sunless” seasons too. I’ve been in winter.

This article encouraged me because it pointed to a universal fact that while it might be winter in our lives we are actually at our closest to the Son. How cool is that? I truly believe everything points to the nature of God and this was just a simple reminder of that.

As the temperatures continue to drop and winter is in full force, I hope I can remember as I look out the window that it might look cloudy and grey but the Son is still shining just as bright.

The light is closer than you know.

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