"By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path."- Psalm 119:105
I live in San Diego, California, the city where people congregate, crowding in, in order to enjoy it's perpetually sunny days. There is a golden gleam that bounces from the ocean's blue to well manicured, well foliaged yards then back into cloudless skies. After spending 8 years here I can say that I know about sunlight. I know about surroundings that are clearly seen and are vibrant due to days upon days and weeks upon weeks of sun basking.
Light surrounds us San Diegans and we move freely from home to beach to work to coffee to church to parks to beaches and home again. Homes are built with large windows that stretch, sometimes, from floor to ceiling. In fact, as I sit here at my kitchen counter I can look at these walls that surround me and see almost as much glass as I can drywall, making my living space seem as though it moves well beyond the square footage that my hardwood flooring covers and into our yard. Because of this huge window/sunlight ratio, we rarely need to turn on artificial light until the sun dips well below the horizon.
I look around and everything is illuminated.
People flock to cities where "being" in the sunlight is thought of as an activity. People close their eyes, surrounded by cubicle walls, and dream about future holidays spent laying in the sun.
Portland, OR. tops the statistical charts as the #1 most unhappy city in the country and has an average of over 220 cloudy days a year. Many of the other top unhappiest cities have over 170 cloudy days a year while cities like Honolulu, Hi. and various cities in California dominate the top 10 happiest cities in the U.S. each having 270+ sunny days a year.
We love the sun.
We love being able to see.
We thrive and are happiest (as per the happy cities statistics) in places where the sun dominates the climate.
When I read this verse in Psalms, I think about the word of God and say "Yes! When I am in the word, studying, ingesting, reading, discussing, meditating on it I am bathed in it's light and I am happiest. I am most secure. I am most stable. I am most relaxed. I am able to see."
So what kind of spiritual city do you live in? Are you in Portland with sporadic glimmers of God's word in your life when you are desperate or are you Honolulu and awash day after day with the word of our Illuminant God?
Look at the sunlight around you today or even the lack of it depending on where you are and be reminded of this verse, make it your prayer.
(This is my newest blog in a weekly series where I share my thoughts behind some of my favorite scriptures out of the bible. If you want to see why I've started this weekly undertaking you can go back and read my blog called "Pirates And Their Knots...")