The sun is shining and dear friend Sandira and I are about to head out to the beach for a walk. The sun was out yesterday too, which meant we saw it for the first time in days.
Yes, it’s been pretty gloomy here in the Carolinas lately. As a life-long sun addict I would tell you that the sky’s been much grayer than usual this year.
“We actually had seven consecutive days of sun!” I exclaimed to a friend on a rainy morning. “Our previous record for this year had been five – not that I’m counting!” And I absolutely was.
Not long after that chat I realized that even though I was keeping track only of the sunny streaks, my attention actually was on the clouds. And while I don’t imagine that my counting of days controls the weather, I do understand that what we focus on is what we experience.
Now comes this week at the beach which popped up fairly quickly and unexpectedly. And the weather report has not looked good at all. According to my phone, we are not slated for any sun at all.
Except that it was sunny yesterday, and it is again today. It’s been a brilliant afternoon at the beach.
As I prepared for the trip I said more than one small prayer for sunny weather. “Relax,” replied my Akashic Records. “Look forward to a great time, regardless of the weather.”
This is not a tiny little idea to a sun addict. It’s less than an inch from revolutionary – and at first it seemed impossible.
Then I remembered a poem that WWII Allied Troops found on a basement wall in Cologne, Germany:
I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining.
I believe in love, even when I am alone.
I believe in God, even when God is silent.
It shapes one of my favorite choral pieces, Michael Horvitz’s “Even When God is Silent.” And I wrote about it a couple of years ago.
So while I’ve always believed in the sun when it isn’t shining, this idea that a beach trip could be enjoyable without the sun has been a tough one.
But somehow I surrendered. And I don’t even think it was conscious.
Then, for two days the sun has come out anyway. And I’ve enjoyed it even more. Not that I’m counting.
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