Looking out my window while starting dinner last evening I was greeted with the most emerald green world outside. We had thunderstorms all day and there was a break in the clouds for a bit.
It struck me that rain washes away something dull and dingy from the physical world and makes it shiny like this. The greens after a rain are so much greener.
It gave me a bit more insight into the power of suffering in the spiritual world. How suffering also rubs away the dullness and dinginess of our lower selves and leaves us shining like "sparks in stubble".
The world may grow dark, the inner thunder may boom, but then comes the break in the "clouds"
and we discover the surprise that God's Love has forgiven, transformed, and most shocking of all.....delights in us!