The moods of the weather can affect our temperaments. Soft rain can soothe an anxious mind; a sunny day can warm the soul.

I take a short walk under a peppery sky to thin my thoughts. A storm is nearing. Thunder mumbles to the clouds words that I am too far away to understand, but whatever is said makes the clouds turn dark.

My thoughts fall in line with the clouds, and soon I feel the intention of my walk has betrayed me – I am more anxious than when I set out.

At the end of the path stands a leafless tree, revealing a small nest as brown and dry as the tree’s bony-fingered branches.

I stand for a moment at the end of the lane in hopes of hearing a bird’s song. But the nest is empty, and the only sounds I hear are of the clouds cooking a pot full of rain.

Seeing the empty nest makes me want to return home. Although I walk on the same path coming and going, my experiences differ significantly. On my way home, the rain begins - cold, heavy, slow. Wetness sticks on cobblestones, making a random pattern that appears like bread crumbs.

I become aware of the familiar hunger pains I have for something this world cannot provide.

In this pain, my thoughts thin to the point of clarity. Looking at the cobblestones, flecks of light reflect off the wet. The path appears as a celestial sky. Each dot of brightness like a new day - a lifetime to live and to give before I arrive home. In this view, I let go of my anxiousness, not wanting to be hampered by what was or what I cannot control.

I feel brighter.

I know what caused the light upon the wet – the sun parted the clouds to show me what I was forgetting. Maybe not forgetting but choosing not to embrace. You see, I pushed aside the truth that the sun is still present regardless of what I see, hear, or feel. The temperament of others, even of myself, guided my wellbeing like feet mindlessly following a well-worn path. That is until God reminded me that the intricate details of the ground I travel upon are created by the same hand who fashions the sky I travel beneath.

Everything is His… including me.

There are a lot of empty nests in the world today – families and friendships fractured by life’s storms and neglect. We can get so busy trying to figure out the meaning of the thunder that we overlook the presence of the sun.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

If we focus daily on our relationship with God’s son, we will notice Him more in all our days despite the temperament of the world.

We will realize we have been given freedom -

To be the sound of praise,

To experience the clarity of truth,

To have the peace of letting go,

And to embrace the joy of hope.

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian Author and opinion columnist. Submit feedback and connect for more soul lifts on Facebook: Tiffany Kaye Chartier, Instagram:@tiffanysgly, and Twitter: @tiffanychartier.