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The Sun is Bright

Today I was driving toward downtown and the sun was filling my entire view. It was wonderful. It looked bigger than normal somehow. You want to know what my deeply profound thought was in those moments?

Man, the sun is bright.

Then I thought, well, duh. Of course, the sun is bright. And before you have me fitted for my very own helmet-for-life, it can be fairly long stretches here in Juneau, AK between sightings of that big, bright ball of fire in the sky.

I knew it was bright above all those clouds, but seeing it today demanded a response from me. It was bold and alive, beautiful and unable to be ignored.

There are certain things that are like that. It doesn’t matter that they’re obvious, you can’t get away from it because it’s so in-your-face that it demands a response.

Brokenness is one of those things.

So is God.

It may be hidden or seem lessened sometimes, but it’s not long before the brokenness of humanity comes front-and-center. It’s aggressive and oppressive. It certainly demands a response.

Alcohol and drug abuse, an affair, suicide, running away–there are so many things that seem like viable options when brokenness is in our faces and won’t back down. It pushes and prods. It covers us in darkness and confusion.

Unless we understand the goodness, love, grace, forgiveness, and mercy of the Lord, we may treat symptoms in ourselves or others without addressing the real issues. When we truly see Him though–when we experience His life-changing truth–we may find ourselves stating the obvious, but it doesn’t matter.

We have to praise. We have to exalt. We have to see that nothing is impossible for Him.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless. –Psalm 84:11

I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living. –Psalm 27:13

How long has it been since you’ve ‘seen’ God and it demanded a response? Is there anything keeping you from experiencing Him today? Care to state some obvious truths here?


This post is part of the One Word blog carnival hosted by Peter Pollock where this time the topic is Broken. Head on over to read all the posts there.

34 Comments

  1. As we baked in that wonderful light we can do this…

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16

    Only from being in His light…

    Thanks Bro’
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..Everyday TestimonyMy Profile

    • Yes! Thank you, Jay.

  2. Obvious truth… hmmm….. It’s a good thing you are wearing sunglasses for those occasions when that big ball of fire in the sky surprises you.

    Another obvious truth… it is 12:46 a.m. in Chicago right now and I’m not as bright as I usually am! HAH!
    Helen recently posted..Merry Twelfth Day of ChristmasMy Profile

    • Hope you got some good rest, Helen. :)

  3. Good stuff, Jason.

    Brokenness is one thing which many people ignore the truth of or even reject… which is the worst thing you can do with something that’s broken, because the cracks will just get bigger and bigger and bigger!

    • Well said, Peter. The longer we ignore the truth, the cracks do get bigger and bigger.

      Jason, great post, brother. You’ve inspired me to state the obvious and stay close enough to God that it evokes a response.

      • Thank you, Scott!

    • Couldn’t agree more, Peter. Things just keep breaking down and breaking down, but there is a way to find healing. Thank you, sir.

  4. I can be a expert at times — treating the symptoms and ignoring the disease. And that’s another symptom of brokenness. Good post, Jason.
    Glynn recently posted..A Nation- BrokenMy Profile

    • First of all, well said Jason! You described an aspect of brokenness I haven’t bumped into yet.

      And Glynn, I loved your comment.. well said. I’m one of those experts sometimes too.

      • Thanks DS.

    • It’s amazing how we can go around in circles trying to figure it out, isn’t it? Then the only time we get clarity is when we stop trying to figure it out and turn to Him. Thanks Glynn.

  5. I’m trying to live “see God and respond” as a lifestyle. He is worthy of it!
    Tony Alicea recently posted..Oh How He Loves MeMy Profile

    • It’s a lifestyle that will never get boring, that’s for sure! Thanks Tony.

  6. I just stumbled across your blog, and I have to say -- great post! I think too often we come into a season of brokenness and, like you said, try to soothe it in any way possible. But it’s in those moments of brokenness that we have the greatest opportunity to “bump” into a greater level with God.
    Jason Vana recently posted..I Want MORE!My Profile

    • Wonderfully stated, Jason. Thank you for stopping and sharing your thoughts--much appreciated.

  7. I love sunshine, but it is scary at times to see what it reveals. Great post, Jason. Thanks!
    Ginny (MAD21) recently posted..Who Is GodMy Profile

    • Ooh, that is a great point. We hide sometimes from the sun/Son because we are afraid of what it will reveal. We convince ourselves that brokenness will somehow be easier. That’s sad, but so true. Thank you for that insight, Ginny.

  8. The closer I get to Jesus, the more I see my brokenness. My inclination is to attempt to fix myself, but that’s sort of missing the point. “Just as I am”, that’s where he loves me, and knowing that changes my heart, which is where true healing starts. Great post, Jason.
    katdish recently posted..A final Monday by Billy CoffeyMy Profile

    • You’re comment almost reads like a poem, Kat. I love it--thanks so much. I agree 100%.

  9. I’m compelled because I’m convinced….or maybe it’s that I’m convinced because I’m compelled….but either way, God has made it blatantly obvious to me that he is real. I’m experiencing God in the same way David did in the Psalms. I’m convinced and compelled despite my brokenness -- he is making that obvious to me. He loves me because he loves me because he loves me because he loves me because he loves me….

    Great post Jason!
    Ryan Tate recently posted..Gather the piecesMy Profile

    • Ryan, I feel the same way. I’ve seen too much and I’m ruined. His love and grace and compassion… to turn back now would be living a lie. Thank you--great thoughts.

  10. “It demands a response.” Yes, it does. Going through my own brokenness in 2010 made me examine what my response was to God, and measure what I wanted it to be. Thanks for the reminder here that God is good.
    Lisa notes… recently posted..Two gifts to give the brokenMy Profile

    • Thank you, Lisa.

  11. Wait, there’s a big bright ball of fire in the sky? Are you sure about that? I don’t think we have one of those in WA.
    Wendy recently posted..Broken -- My tale of infertility and miraclesMy Profile

    • We don’t normally have one here, but it’s nice to see it every once in a while (even if it does drop the temperature by 20 degrees without our cloud cover). You guys get a lot more sun in the summer though, right?

      Thanks Wendy. :)

  12. I can only add to this: Yes and Amen!

    • Sometimes short and sweet works! Thanks Ani.

  13. Wonderful post, Jason. I think God is challenging us to see Him in the faces of the broken…and He’s asking, “What are you going to do about it?” It is true that we need to come into His light for our brokenness to be healed, but also, we must be willing to be broken in order for that light to shine. Thanks so much! Blessings.
    Melissa recently posted..Passionate PatienceMy Profile

    • So true. If we’re not seeing Him in the faces of the hurting & needy then something is wrong. Thank you, Melissa.

  14. Your scripture was so well chosen, and I especially liked your statement, “we may treat symptoms in ourselves or others without addressing the real issues. When we truly see Him though–when we experience His life-changing truth–” WOW Excellent view of the SON !
    Hazel Moon recently posted..Little Girl LostMy Profile

    • Thank so much, Hazel. I appreciate it!

  15. It’s weird that sometimes we feel afraid to state the obvious, and it ends up being unsaid. There is no “too obvious” or “too much” when it comes to talking about God, praising and exalting Him.
    Thank you for this wonderful post.
    Cris Ferreira recently posted..How can you mend a broken personMy Profile

    • Amen to that. Thanks so much, Chris.