Who Turned Out The Light?


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If you’re on the east coast of Florida, by the ocean, a highlight is to watch the sun come up over the water.

That’s what my friend, Marc, says.

We were at a kick-off retreat this weekend by the ocean. A new group of folks transitioning into Orlando from all parts of the globe. An opportunity to introduce newbies to one of the finer points of Florida living in the summer.

Marc, our main speaker, waxed eloquently about the beauty of the sunrise he and his wife Patty witnessed from the beach. Patty’s more of a sunset person, not quite the early riser her husband is. But she loves to photograph sunrises, so they made it happen.

I was at my computer when the sun came up. Trying to catch up on what I’ve been ignoring. I saw the sun come through the curtain, but I didn’t think of going on the balcony to watch.

I’ve seen sunrises on the beach before, and they are spectacular. I waited outside the next morning for the glorious beauty of rays peeking over the horizon.

Didn’t happen.

Clouds had moved in and blocked the sun. I knew it was coming up because the light reflected off the top of the clouds.

Just couldn’t see it.

I was disappointed. Which happens when I want to experience something and the opportunity is taken from me.

Others had been inspired by Marc as well. Folks were sitting on the beach, watching the horizon. Waiting.


Two hours after sunrise, the sun appeared for a few minutes. Then lost itself in the clouds once again.

To add insult to injury, Marc shared in his next talk how he and Patty had seen the sunset from the shores of the Intercoastal waterway.

I missed out completely.

I hear others share with me how Jesus has showed up in their lives in heart-healing ways, and my response is, “Why doesn’t He do that for me?” I’m waiting on the beach for the sun to rise–all I see are clouds.

As a follower of Jesus, I act as if I’m entitled to pain free living. That things will always work out as I want them to.

Walking with Jesus isn’t a life fix. It’s not a crutch for inadequacy or a bandage to protect my woundedness from oozing out and messing up the rest of me.

Walking with Jesus is a day-to-day relationship that connects me to the One who created life and offers me His strength to live it with hope and purpose.

Things will go wrong. On cloudy days, I don’t see the sun at all.

It’s still there.

Much of the world will watch the solar eclipse Monday afternoon and be in awe how the sun could be blotted out in the middle of the day.

The eclipse doesn’t do away with the sun. It covers it for awhile.

I have days of darkness, when things don’t go well. When loss and pain are my companions rather than joy. When it feels like everything is against me.

The Son is still there. Waiting for me to lean into Him. To trust Him with my hurt.

Nothing can stop the Son from shining.



8 responses to “Who Turned Out The Light?”

  1. Your posts inspire and encourage me even (especially?) when you speak of disappointment and/or some personal failing, Dayle. Your book is being written. Well done!

    Sandra Auer Sent from my iPhone



    1. Your words are so encouraging. I know I can’t do this on my own–I so need Jesus to write through me. To speak words I’m afraid to speak. Thanks for your sweet kindness, my friend.


  2. Alice Fredricks Avatar
    Alice Fredricks

    This is so true, Dayle. Right now we have several friends for whom the sun is hidden. We pray earnestly it will shine again and for some it may not be til Heaven, but the Son is indeed still there and I pray they they feel His presence. Love the way you see truth in everyday experiences. ❤️


    1. Thanks, Allie. It’s hard when He feels far, when the darkness feels so complete. But they’ve got friends like you and Gar, true prayer warriors and people who love Jesus well. You shine His light!


  3. I love your connection that just as the sun was blotted out by the eclipse, so we are prone to doubt when our circumstances blot out the Son. Recent life events have proven to me that He is there in my darkest hour and His light shines through and transforms the way we see everything!


    1. I know it’s been tough for all of you. It’s so easy for me to think the Son isn’t engaged when the darkness seems so complete. He does shine consistently–and He does it through you, my friend.


  4. So sorry that you missed that beautiful Saturday sunrise and sunset that we got to witness but grateful for the connections you made and deep wisdom you shared as a result. Your blog brought smiles to our faces and encouragement to our souls as we embarked on a challenging day. Thanks so much, friend.


    1. You, my sweet friend, are way to kind. You and Marc set me up well. Couldn’t have done it without you all! Love you, Patty!


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