I love that song. Don’t you?I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May. I guess you’d say What can make me feel that way?
What makes you feel that way…all sunshiny and happy? Is it your husband or your kids or maybe the weather? All those things make me happy. Some days are easy. The ones where everything just goes right. The blessings all around you seem too many to count. Those days are amazing!
But what about those days that are cloudy, or your husband does something that upsets you, or your kids are being extremely difficult (I’m sure that never happens)? What about the days when God asks you to walk through something hard…really hard. Do you have sunshine on those days?
First,I want to be clear here that I am not talking about depression or any other kind of mental illness. I’m just talking about the ups and downs of life. Finding joy in every circumstance. God wants that for us and Paul had that all figured out. Have I ever told you that Paul is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. Okay. He’s my favorite (other than Jesus of course). For this very reason. In Philippians 4:11-12 Pauls says, “ 11I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Now, I haven’t been through a lot of hardship in my life, but Paul did. He was imprisoned, stoned, given the 40 lashes minus 1, shipwrecked, and betrayed by his friends(2 Corinthians 11:25). It’s sort of mind blowing to me that someone could be hungry and content at the same time. Man, I want to be like that! So what was Paul’s secret? The trick he used to stay content? Well, he tells us in Philippians 4:13 13I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Yep. Through Christ we can be content in all circumstances. So instead of being happy because our spouse did something right or the kids are super awesome today, we can be happy because Christ fills us with His never ending love. And then we can be full of sunshine on those cloudy days too because it’s not the sun or some outside influence making us happy. It’s Christ.
So I’m changing the lyrics today because I want sunshine on the hard days too.I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May. I guess you’d say What can make me feel that way? My Christ. (My Christ, my Christ) Talkin’ bout my Christ.