When the Light shines Brightest

When the Light shines Brightest

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  (Plato)

It was very early morning.  The front door was open, and the cold air entered the warm hallway.  The light inside shined brightly thru the door, fearlessly piercing the darkness.  The contrast was sharp.  Distinct.

Light met darkness.  I could see.

We left the inside hallway light on.  When I returned a little while later, it was still shining, but the darkness outside had lifted.  The sun was peeking above the horizon.  The contrast between light and dark wasn’t as recognizable.  Light met light.

I’m struck by the example of this fact:  It is in the darkness that Light shines brightest.

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“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  (Jesus, Matthew 5:16)

Given the illustration, I urge you consider what Jesus’ command mean to us…

  1. The Source
    • Our source of Light is Christ.  We shine brightest, and lastingly, only when rooted in him.  (John 15 & Matthew 24)
  2. Distinctness of Darkness
    • Our Lights will shine most distinctly when surrounded by absolute darkness.  In circumstances where we have been wronged, hurt, and feel afraid — drowning in the darkness of this fallen world — we have the opportunity to shine the brightest.  Most distinctly.  Most brilliantly.
  3. “Hide it under a bushel? No!”
    • We must take advantage of opportunities to shine brilliantly while interacting with the world, in all of its sinfulness.  Smile.  Hold doors for strangers.  Say “hello” and “good morning.”  Help your friends and neighbors.  Return kindness for hurt.  And do it all to the glory of our Father in Heaven.
    • Remember that children’s song, “This little light of mine”?  I sing it with our little ones quite often.  Well, abide by those words.  Don’t let Satan “blow it out!” And don’t “hide it under a bushel!”
  4. Light meeting Light
    • It’s comfortable — indeed, absolutely necessary — to surround ourselves with the strength and edification of our brothers and sisters in Christ.  It’s also not when our Lights shine most distinctly.  As loving as they are, these are very much instances of Light meeting Light.

Go and let your lights shine!  You are loved.

“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?” (David, Psalm 27:1a)

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