Mood lighting is always nice giving our homes a cozy and warm feeling on a blustery fall evening. Although it is man-made, this ambiance serves as a sunset for the soul. It is both easy on the eyes and a calming balm to our spirits…relaxing and comforting.
There are, however, definite drawbacks to remaining in a soothing twilight. Like the candle-light that Abraham Lincoln is said to have used to read and study by, it can cause dimming of our
vision and a weakening of the eye’s ability to adequately adjust to the sunlight of day.
Athletes use the natural light of day, bright stadium lights or evenly lighted courts whch provides the appropriate amount of lighting to ensure their safety and precision… no mood lighting or de-lighting works here!
Just as adequate lighting is needed to see clearly and function properly on fields of play and in reading rooms, our dark world needs the light of understanding shining brightly to illuminate the souls of men and women. This Light is a candle in the darkness and it came to us from God Himself when He sent His Son into this world. He is the light that brightens the dark corners of our hearts and minds ...
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
Have you experienced the “de-lighting” of a room when someone with a heavy or distraught heart walks in? Without a word the air can be filled with a heaviness blanketing all that are present.
Then with only one candle of understanding the heavy darkness can be chased away.
There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle. Robert Alden
As His children, God calls us to light up the places that we go – the corners of our world. Jesus’ words say it all:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
I am reminded of this little Sunday school song…
Hide it under a bushel– NO!
I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, all the time!
“Neither do we light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick where it gives light to all that are in the house.” Matthew 5:15
PRAYER FOR TODAY: "Lord, give me light and give me grace to walk in the light."
from Kaanapali Beach Ministries
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