“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. - Matthew 5:14-16
Have you ever been stranded in the pitch black, hearing the noises around you but unable to identify them? Or perhaps hearing cries for help and not able to locate the one you are trying to find? In the dark, we are often too afraid to move, since we are unable to see any obstacles or dangers in our path, or to even know if we are still on the path at all.
Then you see a dim light in the distance. As it gets closer, you begin to identify things around you. You may even feel comfortable enough to get up and walk to the person carrying the light. You notice that your heart rate is slowing and you are breathing easier as your muscles relax. Light has a way of doing that.
And that is our task. We are the light-bringers!
As I sat in the storm, I realized that I would not want to depend on electric lights that would be non-existent if a storm knocked out the power. I'm often like that. I depend on outside sources for my needs, look elsewhere for motivation or strength. When a big storm comes and takes that power source off the table, I'm left in the dark. I want to be a light that doesn't get it's power from an unreliable outside source.
I also knew that I would not want to depend on flashlights. Flashlights are like depending on myself. I shine so brightly, but have a limited beam that only reaches a certain area and still leaves other corners dark as night. I also have a limited battery power! Doesn't take much to drain me down to zero these days. This is not the kind of light I wanted to depend on in that storm, either!
So what light source would I want to depend on? What kind of light would I want to be? The answer is simple.... a candle. I want to be a candle. Dependable, long-lasting, and sweet-smelling. Started with a spark, lit from a flame not originating with me. Able to cast a glow that can be seen for miles around in a dark, dark world. Having the ability to light new candles from the flame within me.
Yes, a candle seems the perfect light for my storms and for my being. But candles require maintenance.... more on that tomorrow.
Father, help me to do my best to depend on You for my flame. Help me to shine brightly for you in every storm, whether my own or others'. Thank you for your trust in me to be a light for someone as glorious as your Son. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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