This was our scenery today. Dark, gray, gloomy, foggy. And drippy everywhere we looked. Only my husband, camera in hand, can seem to take such gloomy days and turn them into beauty! I can’t say that I share his talent or his optimism. I’m sun-loving by nature and these gloomy days tend to get me down.
But it also brought to mind another and long rainy spell we had a couple of years ago. It wasn’t a week that started out well in the first place, owing to my own stupidity. Even though for an old granny, I’m usually pretty good with technology I managed to lose a lot of photos and even ruin my external hard drive. And then continued to kick myself for it over and over again…
Hubby tried to encourage me, reminding me that they were only things and of no lasting value. But I’d already been trying (unsuccessfully) to convince myself of that! I even told myself, “They could have never been taken in the first place, and there would have been nothing to lose at all!”
I reminded myself that most were of scenery or inanimate objects and not special occasions, so could be shot again. And even tried congratulating myself for doing such a great job on my digital decluttering! None of which helped. And the gloomly continual drip, drip, drip did little to lift my spirits.
Enter this gray scene: head cold and nasty sinus infection.
Zero energy, and even less desire to do anything. I’d had better weeks. And I’d been desperately needing to do laundry! No clothes dryer doesn’t usually present great problems. But we’d just gone through a week of most unusual snow. So followed by that week of rain, the situation was getting desperate. We needed clean socks and underwear!
Sunday brought a brief respite, but I wasn’t home to do laundry because we’d gone to visit friends after church. And by the time we left for home, the rain had returned. Again!
And that’s when the Lord must have thought I needed an optimism booster.
As we were taking our leave, their 10-year old daughter bounded out the door before us. Jumping and leaping, as kids with their boundless energy, are apt to do. Especially after snacking on gummy bears, potato chips, and cookies!
“Oh how nice, it’s raining!” she shouted, as though heralding some great novelty.
“Nice?” I thought? “What’s NICE about it?” Clearly her childlike optimism kept pace with her endless energy. She’s a delightful girl who seems to greet everything (even gloomy gray days) with great enthusiasm and joy.
But she made me wonder, “What’s wrong with me? I don’t usually let things or weather get to me like this.” And I realized I’d been forgetting to be grateful. Forgetting to look at the bright side. And for the silver lining in every cloud, even those of the darkest, grayest storms. So I decided to find some simple ways for beating the rainy day blues.
10 ways to keep the rainy day blues from getting the best of you!
1. See the bright side.
Rain is good. It waters the ground, grows the crops. Makes everything fresh and new.
2. Look for the silver lining.
Rain brings spring flowers and even rainbows!
3. Work up some energy.
Clean house or do a workout.
4. Brighten things up.
Light candles or put out fresh flowers or a pretty picture.
5. Get a new perspective.
Try rearranging furniture, pictures, or accessories.
6. Change your outlook.
Grab your umbrella and take a walk. Go visit a friend or neighbor. Or perhaps watch your favorite movie or read an encouraging book.
7. Drown out depression.
With a nice hot bath or shower and some soothing music.
8. Have a special treat.
Treat yourself to some special cookies, a cup of coffee, tea, or chocolate. But not if you’re dieting; that might increase your rainy day blues!
9. Count your blessings.
It may be rainy, but rejoice in a stout roof, good raincoat, or sturdy boots!
10. And last but far from least: Pray and read God’s Word.
The Lord longs to dwell constantly in our lives. And he promises that when we draw near to him he will draw near to us. He never changes and is always right by our side – come rain or shine, snow or heat!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow” James 1:7 WEB.
Everything God sends is good.
Even cloudy rainy days. And by keeping our eyes on the bright side we too, like little Shantal, can find the cloud’s silver lining!
But (wouldn’t you know)? it was still raining the next day! Drip, drip, drip, all day long. So I thanked the Lord for the good gift of rain adding, “But if you wouldn’t mind Lord, I’d like a different good gift tomorrow.” Because well, wind and sun — they’re good gifts too, aren’t they?”
Sometimes we just need to see God’s gifts in a different light!
Every gift God sends is good. It’s just that sometimes we need to see them in a different light!Tweet