I had to come to work this morning an hour early. After a bad night’s sleep and a Stupid O’Clock wake up in the pitch black on a hot and humid morning switching the light on was like a lightning bolt to my system. Ugh!
Pre-coffee sentimentality got my mind drifting down the purpose of lights.
What benefits does light give us? Here’s my driving in the dark list:
- Light stops us hurting ourselves, be it stubbing our toes in the dark or running into a parked car.
- Light helps us see what’s going on.
- Light helps find what we are looking for. Try finding a lid to a lunch box in the darkness jungle of a plastics cupboard without a light!
- Light can be a warning signal of impending danger.
- Some light, like fire, keeps us warm.
- Sunlight helps us adjust our body clock to major changes, like time zone travel and help prevent and cure jet lag.
- Light reveals the truth of what is instead of the assumption that something is where we left it, like the corner of the couch. Ouch!
- Light can be comforting, on a stormy night, in a strange place, when we feel afraid.
- Light can show up a sign that tells us important information, like there’s too many neon adverts blaring in the middle of the night.
- Light reveals beauty, like flowers and birds and caramel lattes.
- Light shows up bravery, like Mum’s out jogging predawn to fit some Mummy Alone Time into their day.
- Light brings new life, hope and joy. (Most definitely joy, so I have been reminded by 14 very grey rainy, depressing days this month).
Light can be harsh and hurting, like the headlights that suddenly turn in behind you with blinding impact.
Light can be gentle and sweet, like the sunrise on a sleep in day when it creeps into your room and gentle nudges out the dark until when you wake the world is light and pretty and awake 🙂 Ahhh… sleep in days.
Jesus said in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
He also stated, firmly and clearly to His disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Having hesitantly stumbled from the light switch to the front door this morning, I am so very glad that Jesus is the light of life. And my challenge today is to remember that I am also the light of the world. So are you, fellow believer.
I, we, need to be all these things that light gives to our world. We need to offer hope, truth, sight, comfort, prevention of hurt, coffee, beauty. Why? So that people may see our good works (offering sight and warmth, courage, coffee and joy) and glorify our Father in heaven.
A big challenge hey?
Let me shed another spotlight on this.
The darker it is the harsher and more hurtful light can be, especially the shock of electric light mid dream. Or a lightning flash when the power is out and the whole world is black. Ouch! Yes, sometimes we need this shocking truth to shake us out of bed and into work, but mostly a soft light, a gentle shining of truth and love, with a lovely coffee, is a much better start in our journey.
So let’s be gentle light. Welcoming like the allure of candle light or the hopefulness of dawn. Yes, let us be light – with all the gifts it brings, to our world, so that God may be glorified.
Ps The colleague I came to work early for slept in. Lol. At least I got to chat with you and enjoy my coffee. Work time now 🙂