The River Moving in You ...

River Crossing  Laurie Pace © 2006

River Crossing  Laurie Pace © 2006

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ― Rumi

It has been an unusual August.  We have had our two weeks of 100-109 degree temps and suddenly this weekend a cold front blew through and this entire week will be in the eighties.  This morning we actually woke to cloudy skies and drizzle for the first time in months. It has not officially rained here in almost two months.   

SO I chose this painting to share...which speaks to me of red hot skies and trying to cool in the water that is almost like hot bath water.  Trying hard to escape the heat in Texas... we tend to fort up in our homes, with closed blinds and drapes to fight the heat that seems to permeate everywhere.

What do you do with overwhelming things?  It is truly hard not to sink into despair and feel hopeless. With this heat I just have to remember the summer of 2012 and the summer of 1980. Both were filled with more than 85 days of 100-120 degree weather.  Goes back to the old adage of look on the sunny side of life literally. 

This saying came from a song written in 1899 by Ada Blenkhorn with music by J Howard Entwisle. The song was popularized in a 1928 recording by the Carter Family... and recently for younger readers featured in the 2000 movie O Brother, Where Art Thou.  It was written as a Christian hymn inspired by Ada's nephew who was disabled and always wanted his wheelchair pushed down the "Sunny side of the street". 


V1  There's a dark and a troubled side of life;
There's a bright and a sunny side, too;
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.
Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life;
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

V2  Tho' the storm in its fury break today,
Crushing hopes that we cherished so dear,
Storm and cloud will in time pass away,
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with a song of hope each day,
Tho' the moments be cloudy or fair;
Let us trust in our Savior always,
Who keepeth everyone in His care.

So make this week full of the sunny side of life. When those bad dark times seem to rush in, choose to cross the street and walk on the 'sunny side'. 

"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3