This morning, the sun was shining brightly when I took Talulah out.
When I saw the sun, I thought to myself, “Wow, I didn’t know it shined from there. How would I? There’s been cloud cover almost everyday for what seems like forever.”
You know how the sun “moves” with the movement of the earth around it.
It was a nice change. It was so bright, I found myself wanting to stand in the shade. But the shade is cold, so I moved to full sun light and shielded my eyes.
At one point, I stood there looking up to the sun with my eyes closed just soaking it up. It felt so nice.
I’ve heard that cloud cover is supposed to make it feel warmer, because clouds trap in heat. But, at least on most days during Chicago winter, that’s a load of crap. When it’s sunny and cold, I love it. Erhm, I love it more than cloudy and cold anyway.
Over at Facebook, a woman I know wrote, “Thank you God for clearing the clouds this morning and letting the sun shine, it uplifts my spirit!”
I know she doesn’t mean any harm over this update. But let’s explore it shall we?
Why attribute sunny days to God? In a place like Chicago, attributing sunny days to the all-powerful creator of the universe renders him a bully jerk with a penchant for watching you suffer.
Does that mean god wanted to lower your spirits for the past 20 days of cloud cover? Or does that mean Satan was oppressing you for the past 20 days, and here is your big chance to see just how wonderful God is?
If you truly love god, what does weather have to do with it?
And why is he such a douche for leaving it cloudy so long? Doesn’t he know that happy people are productive people, and we like sunny days more?
If my FB friend moved to a different part of the hemisphere, the sun to cloudy day ratio is far more favorable toward sunny days. It has been for eons. It’s geographical, not supernatural. Isn’t that plain? Isn’t that honest?
See, you can have your sunny day and not make God out to be a jerk who withholds happiness on purpose from his flock.
You can eliminate the need to thank god for sunny days with the simple act of moving to another geographical location.
How about that!
The hyperbolic overuse of attributing “God” to every little thing that makes you happy has to — at some point — be embarrassing for believers.
I didn’t set out to write this post today. I was inspired by the pervasion of “Godspeak” among his followers.
Maybe you don’t like that kind of criticism. Whelp, help me make god go away from everyday language and I’ll stop being critical.