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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

The compassionately endures me through my metabolic disease (since 2004) that enables me to be more prayerful and careful about commitments I make and helps me to make the best use of my short time here on earth.

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Seeing the Son shine through the rain


As I lay in my bed, praying, thanking my Heavenly Father for all His goodness, for His awesome love, the gift of knowing Him, and the incredible joy of interceding for the saints in Christ, I was reminded of a day not too long ago.

On an ordinary day when my darling husband was at work, my sweet sons were at school and I was home, alone, working around the house, cleaning, doing laundry and trying to get some writing done, I heard the gentle patter of rain. As I moved to my kitchen to work in there, I saw the sun shine...while it was still raining! Now, this is not the first time I’ve seen this, but I always respond the same way -- with exuberant joy! Then, like a little school girl excited to open a gift, I run outside to get a better look! I just want to be closer! I want to experience it with every sense I have! I want to hear it fall on the ground, taste each drop on my tongue, smell its freshness, look at it and feel the warmth of the sun at the same time I feel the cool wetness of the rain.

Once I’m outside, and have the opportunity to drink in all the loveliness of this moment, I just stand there. And I stand. And stand. In awe of God. It’s such a glorious site! No matter how many times I’ve seen this, I’m still in awe of seeing clear skies and sunshine through the rain! It just makes my heart soar with joy and thanksgiving!

When this beautiful thought came to mind, so did many other thoughts; precious memories. Memories of God’s faithfulness I’ve known all my life.

I’ve seen the Son shine through every rainy day, and even through the most terrifying storms. I’ve had the awesome privilege of watching God’s love shine through me while I was being beaten for thirteen years. I saw Him use my hands to tenderly comfort and wipe away the tears of my abusers. I saw the Lord offer His love and forgiveness to anyone and everyone who hurt me, whether physically, emotionally or mentally; and I saw His living word, truly manifested in my life, when these things seemed so impossible. I saw my precious Savior lift me out of every miry pit I threw myself in when I was a teenager and thought I had learned all I needed to know about God. I saw Him change me, mold me and faithfully transform me by His Holy Spirit, more and more into the likeness of His Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I saw God miraculously bring me the most wonderful husband in the world! Perfect...just for me! I saw Him deliver me and my first born son from death, and my husband from great heartbreak when it looked like neither of us were going to survive his birth. And two years later, I saw the Lord bless us with a second wonderful son! I saw the LORD giving me strength to endure, when it seemed impossible; when my body was weak, my mind couldn’t hold a single thought or even remember things I’ve known most of my life.

For the past seven years, I’ve seen the LORD magnify His love through constant and sometimes debilitating pain, sleepless nights, two surgeries, countless procedures and ER visits, and two hospital admits.

I’ve seen God work more miracles throughout my life; so many, it is impossible to re-tell all, in one life time.

And I believe God has graciously, wisely and mercifully allowed every trial, so I’ll always be able to see His Son shine, through every rain.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
~ Romans 8:18

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12 comments:

  1. Sunny,
    I loved these words, these thoughts, this perspective.....the Holy Spirit is such a friend :) I am so sorry for the hard things you have gone through; that breaks my heart truly, sister. I praise God for Jim, and your two beautiful boys and how He spared you and your son for His glory and your good :)
    I have been challenged by this post in that, as I was reading it, my mind, in kind of a 20/20 memory way, flashed back to my hard times and I was able to see them just the same way. I didn't necessarily see them in this way during some of the dark times, and yet, in those moment when I was reading , God gave that to me! He is indeed ALWAYS shining, if we have eyes to see Him. I pray with great passion, that from here on out, I look first! I look with hopeful expectation, just as the little girl in you runs out to see His glory! That I would immediately be captured by His grace, mercy, love, hope and peace....what a beautiful thought. May He make it so....for you and for me :)
    I love the Jesus in YOU <3
    Michelle Connolly

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  2. This was such a beautiful post! You captured so perfectly the feelings I get when it rains through the sun! I love that and can never really explain how it feels but you did! God Bless!

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  3. Sunny, Your story reminds me of the times I have had to pull off to the side of the highway, so that I could admire his sunrise. Have you ever been driving on a crowded freeway, feeling a high sense of mass confusion? And then you notice, off to the side, a patch of lovely trees, with just the right variety of colorful shrubbery.It is wild and undeveloped, but the order that you see there is so peaceful! This stark contrast between man's order, and God's order, causes you to hear the shout of a King, in your spirit: "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26:3 KJV)

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  4. Yes, the Lord always shines in the "storms." Sadly, we often are looking at the "waves" and not at His goodness. Thanks for this reminder of God's love to us. ((hugs))

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  5. Beautiful my friend. His Son shines in our rain... beautiful... so true. I am praying for you my friend. I need prayer too. I have physical therapy three times a week and other appointments and all this tires me out that sometimes I have to cancel appointments because my body shuts down... I have appointments every day this week. I need His strength.

    Blessings

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  6. Sunny, wow what a testamony. I too have suffered abuse. Over 12 years and two abusive husbands, sexual abuse as a child, and then nearly died at 21 with viral encephalitus. God was faithful, got me out of the two abusive marraiges and gave me the most wonderful Godly husband. My husband truly shows me Christ's love everyday. God healed my brokeness from all the abuse, and healed my body of the illness. GOD is so good and faithful to us, even when we are faithless to Him at times. I lived many years in guilt and ashamed, but I am a victor through Christ and not a victim. While all those things were terrible, I can now finally say, "thank You God that You used all of that to make me into the person that I am today!" I try to put a good word in for GOD every day and live my life for Him every day. I pray that some woman that has walked some the same roads you and I have will read this and GOD will use it mightily to minister healing to them. God bless you. Thank You Jesus for my life!

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  7. Hello Grampaw, yes! I''m right with you! I've often done that! And when my darling husband is driving during a long road trip, I often find myself lost as I gaze upon all the beautiful clouds, flowers, grass and trees planted and growing beautifully alongside the road! And yes, all this glorious order of creation from God does truly cause me to shout in praises to my King and awesome Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. :)

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  8. Oh such a good point sister Vonnie! I've got to remember that. "Don't look at the waves, gaze at God's goodness!" Love that! Thanks sister!♥

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  9. Sweet sister Michele, I'm sorry, I'm just now able to respond. But I wanted you to know that I've been praying for the since the day I first read your comment. And I will continue to pray for you. I've been there, done that and often return...so I completely know how you feel. One of the ways the Lord has helped me deal with all the doctor's appts and tests is laughter. So when people ask me how I endure so many medical happenings all that one time, I tell them:

    "Well, I'm a professional sick person, so it's not a burden. It's just what I do for a living! :)"

    Hope that made you smile sister! Love and hugs to you!♥

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  10. Precious Jana, I'm so sorry to hear that you've gone through abuse as well. But at the same time, I'm rejoicing in God's mighty deliverance! What a precious testimony you have to share with many others too!

    May the Lord our God be magnified in our lives as we proclaim to be victors of Christ and not victims to this world!♥

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  11. This was such a beautiful post! You captured so perfectly the feelings I get when it rains through the sun! I love that and can never really explain how it feels but you did! God Bless!

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  12. Sunny,
    I loved these words, these thoughts, this perspective.....the Holy Spirit is such a friend :) I am so sorry for the hard things you have gone through; that breaks my heart truly, sister. I praise God for Jim, and your two beautiful boys and how He spared you and your son for His glory and your good :)
    I have been challenged by this post in that, as I was reading it, my mind, in kind of a 20/20 memory way, flashed back to my hard times and I was able to see them just the same way. I didn't necessarily see them in this way during some of the dark times, and yet, in those moment when I was reading , God gave that to me! He is indeed ALWAYS shining, if we have eyes to see Him. I pray with great passion, that from here on out, I look first! I look with hopeful expectation, just as the little girl in you runs out to see His glory! That I would immediately be captured by His grace, mercy, love, hope and peace....what a beautiful thought. May He make it so....for you and for me :)
    I love the Jesus in YOU <3
    Michelle Connolly

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