Tuesday, March 19, 2013

sunshine in my soul.

Basically, I am obsessed with sunlight. I like to take pictures of sunlight, or at least I used to, back when I knew where my camera was. I love sunrises and I love sunsets. I love how sunlight makes people look more beautiful. It makes their skin glow more and their eyes become lighter. I like how it makes my hair slightly more red.

If you know me really well, you know that my favorite flower is the sunflower. I'm sure, by now, you can guess why. I think it is beautiful because it's bright and a happy-looking flower and reminiscent of the sun.

I love how the sun makes things clearer. Each little ridge on a mountain, each little ripple in a river, each little blade of grass, as the sun shines on it, empty spaces are made into shadows and details become more noticeable.

Colors are made brighter and more rich by the sun.

 Essentially, the sun is one of my favorite things about life. And one of the most beautiful parts of it. It is warm and it makes me happy. Vitamin D, ya know. I am much happier in the summer because I spend much more time outside hiking, going on walks, just sitting out in the sun, and getting a little sunshine every day really does influence my mood for the better.

A couple of weeks ago, I attended my singles ward. In Relief Society we were talking about something that I don't even remember and we read D&C 88:4-6 or something like that. I loved verse 6 so much so I read on in my own personal study. D&C 88:6-13 have become some of my favorite verses because I think they are so beautiful and poetic. All these verses emphasize is light and how the gospel is the source of all light.

He that aascended up on high, as also he bdescended below all things, in that he ccomprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the dlight of truth;
 Which truth shineth. This is the alight of Christ. As also he is in the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was bmade.
 As also he is in the moon, and is the light of the moon, and the power thereof by which it was made;
 As also the light of the stars, and the power thereof by which they were made;
 10 And the earth also, and the power thereof, even the earth upon which you astand.
 11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your aunderstandings;
 12 Which alight proceedeth forth from the presence of God to bfill the immensity of space—
 13 The alight which is in all things, which giveth blife to all things, which is the claw by which all things are governed, even the dpower of God who esitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.

Isn't that freaking amazing? This got me thinking about light in relation to the gospel. The gospel is another source of light in my life, it is something even more powerful than the sun because it is the light of Christ which is the source of power for the sun and the moon and the stars and the earth. So, I think all of the qualities the sun possesses also apply to the light of Christ. With the light of Christ, people become more beautiful. Their countenances glow because there is light within them (v. 11). The gospel makes life more beautiful because it gives us meaning and teaches us to appreciate the people and nature around us that enrich our every day lives. The gospel makes things clearer to us, it shows us truth and we are better prepared to recognize shadows or actions that will lead to emptiness. Verse 11 says that this light "enlighteneth your eyes" and "quickeneth your understandings." 
With a proper dose of the gospel every day (scriptures, prayer, etc.) we can find happiness much like how getting sunshine every day influences my mood.

I love the gospel and I love my Savior. And I love sunshine. 

Make sure you're getting a good dose of vitamin D every day. :)


Simply Kimie said...

Maren - I LOVE this! Such great insights you have! When I was in the Primary in our WX ward, we did a lesson on sunflowers and later used it in our Primary program. Did you know that sunflowers follow the sun all day - they actually move throughout the day. Especially noticeable with the mammoth sunflowers. We did a whole lesson on following the "Son" like the sunflowers follow the "sun". Pretty nifty.

Maren said...

Oooh, I really like that analogy! I knew that sunflowers followed the sun but I'd never thought of it in relation to us following the "son." Pretty cool insight! Thanks for sharing. :)