Part 3: Chapter 4 – Day 2: Sunshine Pouring

Welcome to Day 2 of Part 3‘s Chapter 4 of Arise and Shine. Today, Anna is bringing forward our 2nd free will offering for Chapter 4. It is a poem she wrote after running with her husband in the dunes, and watching as the ominous clouds broke into sunshine pouring. It reminded her of a vision God had given her at her former church, of her running as sunshine poured out upon her and joy filled her to overflowing. And it showed her what God has been doing in her life and heart – transforming her through the power of His Word. For, as she has been walking toward what she has been most afraid of, she has found Jesus exchanging her greatest fears for faith, peace and joy in the light of His Presence shining upon her.

Thick black clouds 
Are gath’ring
Even so, I feel my feet
Treading here
Ever closer, ever brighter.

Hand in hand I’m running
His eyes are opening mine
Sunshine pouring
Light there pressing
Dark clouds away.

“Be not afraid,”
I hear His Voice
“I go before you
A light unto your path
A lamp unto your feet.

“What they may say
What you may hear
What you may feel
Be still and know:
Beloved, You are Mine.

“Go where I send you
Speak what I give you
Still where I ask you
I am Your Light
Awakening freedom.

“Watch the darkness fleeing
Watch my children coming
Knees are bowing
My Name
They’re calling.”

Thick black clouds
Are gath’ring
Even so, I feel my feet
Treading here
Ever closer, ever brighter.

Hand in hand I’m running
His eyes are opening mine
Sunshine pouring
Light there pressing
Darkness full away.

Penned early 2017.

Sometimes to follow Jesus means being sent back to a place where we once knew desolation and indescribable pain [. . . ]

What Jesus wants us to know is that his salvation and his protection extend to those old, horrible haunts. If he can break the death-grip Satan once had on us and set us free, then he can redeem the places of our former slavery and make them showcases of God’s omnipotent grace.

Do not be afraid. The Good Shepherd will walk with you and protect you on the darkest road (Psalm 23:4). Declare how much God has done for you. You are being sent because there are other tomb-people to free.

Jon Bloom, Not By Sight: A Fresh Look At Old Stories of Walking by Faith, Kindle location 1818

2 thoughts on “Part 3: Chapter 4 – Day 2: Sunshine Pouring

  1. Bettie G July 27, 2021 / 2:54 am

    Oh so very timely, just what I needed to be reminded of tonight. Thank you for sharing the beautiful vision and poem that God gave you, dear Anna.

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    • Anna Smit July 27, 2021 / 8:48 am

      God is so good. I had it ready to publish today (my Tuesday), but He prompted me to press publish early. Sending love and hugs. Praying for you all xoxo

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