Feb 14 3 Comments

Some people forget that the sun can be warm

Two days ago I experienced something very special. Peculiar may be a better word for it. I went for a walk. It was minus whatever outside, snow covered the fields, the sky was blue, there was a breeze playing in my hair that wasn’t hidden under a wool hat. The sun was shining. When one emerges from the dark season, with only a few hours of daylight a day, and that light often missing the sun, seeing the sun on the sky is as welcome as a paycheck. Almost. But the feeling I had that day was even more unusual. I felt the warmth of the sun on my frozen cheeks. I am not kidding. It warmed.

See, during the winter the earth, or should I say Norway, has removed itself so far from the sun that we cannot feel it’s warmth. We just see it and it looks like a huge egg-yolk that spends most of its time in the fridge. The other day I was reminded that the sun is warm. It felt so great, I went home and told my kids and Steve about it. I felt the sun’s warmth today, I said. They all smiled and said they had felt it too. It was a particularly happy day in our house.

See this? This sun is not warm. And that would be me there way ahead of Steve who took the picture.

I thought about this: When life is rough and tough and sucks (bad word alert, bad word alert) and it feels like the darkest of all winter nights, then the sun is still shining. And when it feels like the sun (Which is a picture of God or of what is good in the world if you don’t believe in God) has lost all its warmth, it hasn’t. It’s just that we have moved a bit too far away from it to feel it. And when we get closer to the sun (God. I like to compare it to God the most. I am biased.) we will again feel that it is warm and it does warm up our cold hearts and it will melt the snow and ice all around us, making things grow and the birds make their nests for the baby birds.

So, on Valentine’s day, the most romantic of all days, I want to say this: Move closer to the sun. Then watch as the red hearts start flying all around you.

And don't forget that cold days are also beautiful.


  • Jan Setzer says:

    Hi Oddny from Utah!

    Thank you for sharing how God shows you things…I’m struggling right now to keep close to Him and feel His warmth around me. Thank you for this…I needed this today…God bless from St. George…where the sun is warm most of the year…I guess I don’t appreciate something unless it’s been taken away….when it’s there all the time I tend to take it for granted…thanks Oddny for this gentle reminder.

    In Him,

    Jan Setzer

  • lynnie says:

    Happy Valentines Day to the Gumaer family in the “warm-ish” country of Norway. I for one prefer the real warmth after so many years of the freezing cold….Maybe that is God for me all the time!!!!!! Love ones far away, I love you all.

  • Rick Granger says:

    I appreciate your words of reflection – but mainly I thought it was cool that you could feel the warmth of the sun when you’re not normally supposed to be able to! Fun!