Because of our God’s tender mercy the dawn will break upon us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78, 79 NET)
Zechariah spoke these words of blessing at the Bris (Jewish Naming Ceremony) for his son, John. For his son would indeed prepare the way for Jesus ministry. From the beginning, when God said “Let there be light”, there was light and as a counterpoint, there was darkness.
Without God light does not exist. He created light. One concept of hell holds that it is absolute darkness and isolation, no God and no companionship. When Jesus lived he brought a new light into the world, not the physical but spiritual. Not a partial light that God revealed through the Hebrew people, the law and the prophets in the Old Testament, but a fulfillment of that light. Jesus brought the Light of God and while he walked the roads of Galillee and Judah, He shared that light with everyone. What was the response, some were healed, some were convicted, some were angry, pulling away, backing into the shadows, some were transformed, and in the end some extinguished that light.
BUT God had Plan and Jesus reveals it first in Matthew 5….You are the light of the world!
Who me? Nah! I never liked the spotlight. Give me a bushel basket and I will put it over my head.
You are like a City on Hill at night!
WHOA! Get the blackout curtains out! Nothing like being a target for the enemy.
Reluctant, shy, disobedient though we often are, God’s light exists in every believer. It isn’t our light, but it does come from inside where the Holy Spirit resides. The light of God in you and the light of God in me even when the candle is flickering in the winds of life can illuminate a dark room, reflecting off even those who would not claim Christ. We are God’s light bearers. We are the stars unnumerable that God showed Abraham.
How do we let it shine? Apart, of course, from removing the lampshade on our heads and pulling down the blackout curtains.
We allow Him to make us transparent. We allow him to shine through the broken places in our lives. This is often painful, but we have to be ready to remove all the bandaids, bindings, shields we have constructed that seem to keep us safe and allow God to SHINE forth, revealing all the magnificent God colors around us.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
― Brené Brown
“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
Sing with me: This little light of mine,
I’m going to let it shine….let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!
I grew up in southwestern Oklahoma, talk about flat land, not many cities on hill, but you could still see for miles and miles. As kids, traveling home at night on Highway 5, we always tried to be the first one to spot the lights of Frederick on the horizon. Home!
Now traveling down the road of light, I am looking for a city built by God, I am following the “Light of the World”, I am behind some but their light helps me see and over my shoulder, I see other points of light on the same road. Occasionally, someone will step out of the shadows and claim the light. We are all looking ahead. Trying to get a glimpse. Home!