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Hide it Under a Bushel…NO!

As I come to write this morning, Father, it is pitch-black dark outside. The only light, beyond the occasional passing vehicle, are the lights in the room where I sit.

This is the world in which I find myself.

Even after the sun comes up, from a spiritual perspective much of the world around me will be pitch-black dark. There are many others glowing with Your love but so, so many are not. They are lost. They are searching. They are stumbling around trying to find their way, many not even knowing for what they are looking. May I steadily and brightly shine, glowing with Your love within me, that they may be drawn to You. Amen.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16

Lord, You said that I am the “light of the world.” You shining forth through me is a powerful force. That, in and of itself, can have great impact…but is there more required of me? Your love glowing in me will attract others to its light but I do believe that You call me to “let [my] good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

I am not called to just be a passive light shining in the darkness. You have given me a clear call to action! What all that means specifically I am going to have to think on some.

Lord, may I shine brightly, with Your love and presence in my life radiating for all the world to see. And once You have the world’s attention may my “good deeds” impact them, as well, so much so that they want to know more and most importantly, that they want to know You! Amen.

Sept 20th, Wed, 6:28 am

Your Light Broke Through

Father, I’ve been here for ten minutes and am fretting over what to write You. Everything that pops into my head sounds like something I’ve already written several times in some way or another. I was stymied until You spoke into my spirit and said that You don’t mind if I repeat myself. I thought, my mother doesn’t care how many times I start off with, “Good morning, Mother.” What’s important to her is that I am calling! What’s important to You is that I am here with You. We are spending time together, and I am the better for it. Thank You, Father.

1 John 1:5-7 (<< click here)

“God is light…” and my study Bible* says that “light represents what is good, pure, true, holy, and reliable.” By nature we are not light – we are darkness which “represents what is sinful and evil.” We were not created to be that way but are that way by birth. We cannot make our own light. In fact, many don’t even realize that they are trapped in the darkness. They trudge through life stumbling blindly about trying to find their way.

And, Lord, only You can help us. Only You can shine Your light into our darkness. It shows things as they truly are. Only You can lead us out of our own darkness into Your light. And as John proclaims, “if we are living in the light, as God is in the light…the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.” You are our only hope and with great gratitude, You are mighty to save!

As I’ve been writing, a song has been rambling through my mind and it is definitely worth sharing. The song is “Your Love Broke Through” by Keith Green. Light isn’t in the lyrics but love is and You are love as well!

Like a foolish dreamer, trying to build a highway to the sky
All my hopes would come tumbling down, and I never knew just why
Until today, when you pulled away the clouds that hung          
     like curtains on my eyes
Well I’ve been blind all these wasted years and I thought I was so wise
But then you took me by surprise
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love broke through
All my life I’ve been searching for that crazy missing part
And with one touch, you just rolled away the stone that held my heart
And now I see that the answer was as easy, as just asking you in
And I am so sure I could never doubt your gentle touch again
It’s like the power of the wind
Like waking up from the longest dream, how real it seemed
Until your love broke through
I’ve been lost in a fantasy, that blinded me
Until your love, your love, broke through
Songwriters: Keith Gordon Green / Randy Stonehill / Todd Fishkind
Your Love Broke Through lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Mar 28th, Tues, 6:36 am

Lead, Kindly Light

Father, it has happened literally hundreds of times over the past couple of years but every day I am amazed when You wake me. It is never with a jolt, leaving my heart pounding, but it always seems that I just open my eyes, glance at the clock and it is time for me to rise. And it’s not like I need up the same time of day…but You are faithful and You love me with a strong, consistent love. Thank You, Father.

I’m sure it comes as no surprise but I love music – all kinds of music! But one of my favorites has been a part of my life for my entire life and that is hymns. From the first time my mother carried me in her arms to church, hymns have touched me.

This morning after waking, before I even made it down the hall, a hymn popped into my mind – Lead, Kindly Light. The title itself was prompted by thoughts of You, Lord, for You are surely my patient, gentle guide through each and every day.

I’ve read where this song, written in 1833 by John Henry Newman, has been appropriately sung by many in dire circumstances and rightly so. But it is also a beautiful song that gives comfort along any part of life’s journey. The first verse reads,

Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, lead Thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home; lead Thou me on!
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene; one step enough for me.

To me, it speaks of peace. I don’t need to see far ahead as my life moves continually onward for, Lord, one step [is] enough for me.” Lord, there is great comfort with You by my side throughout each stop of our journey together.

Mar 19th, Sun, 7:12 am

Chased in My Dreams

This is my day for getting things done, Father. I would ask that You would place Your hand upon my shoulder. Direct my thoughts and actions to what You would have me do. Amen.

I’m not exactly sure what triggers them but quite regularly I have very realistic dreams…and last night was one of those nights. Something I ate may have caused me to dream but I have no idea what caused me to dream what I dreamed.

I guess it could be considered a “horror” type story line in that I was trying to escape from others trying to get me. One scene involved Karen and me in a fairly large, dimly lit room where we were sitting at a table with lots of other people sitting at tables.

Suddenly I jumped up and told Karen that we needed to get out of there. Others in the group were deceptively dressed in white attire and I heard voices saying, “We are dark, we need to get the light!” It was very obvious that they wanted me “dark” and not “light.” And then even more alarming was the fact that Karen was after me, too!

Now, it sounds quite silly but lying in my bed in the darkness of night, I couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding. And to be honest, I looked over at Karen’s sleeping body more than once. It actually came to the point where I needed to pray about it because that was all I could think about!

Lord, as my fears began to diminish, I began to think of how in reality I am in a contest of sorts where I am a representative of “Light” (You) in a very legitimate battle against the “dark.” I don’t necessarily have people trying to convert me to the dark but my world sure does put forth a lot of effort and many of those things, as I’ve referred to many times, are not “flesh and blood enemies” but we are “fighting against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

Lord, today and in the days ahead help me. Sometimes I am weak. And even when I am strong, they can still get me. Help me to stand with my hand in Yours. That’s the only place where I am sure to be victorious!

Mar 16th, Thurs, 7:01 am

Keep Us Charged

What a blessing it is, Father, to set aside time to be with You. I know that You never leave my side and that You are never more than a thought away from consciences – and I am so grateful for that but there is something very special about setting aside a block of time when I can focus on my relationship with You.

Every day I run here and there, going to and fro in a dark, dark world. Your light, Lord, is ever so bright within me. I do my best to not keep it hidden. I want to let the light you have given me to pierce the darkness about me.

Something we tend to forget is that we are incapable of generating the power we need to sustain our light. We must spend time with You. And it can’t be a hit or miss kind of thing either. One of the many things I sell at work is solar watches. Basically, they never need a new battery but to keep functioning they must be exposed to light on a regular basis. Occasionally someone will bring one in for a new battery because it has stopped working. I’ll ask if it has been kept in a drawer for a while and 99.9% of the time it has. I instruct them to set the watch in a window with direct sunlight and it will recharge in a couple of days.

As followers of You, Lord, we cannot avoid being with You and expect to have the power we need to let our lights shine. And truthfully it needs to be an every day connection. Sunday worship is of vital importance but daily contact is vital, too. Constant exposure to Your power and light keep us charged.

Lord, I am here. Charge me. Empower me. May my light shine forth brightly for You.

Mar 14th, Tues, 6:19 am