I am aware the background to this message may sound like I am a tad bit spoiled. Trust me when I say that I know I have been. Here is a glimpse of that spoiled child in me. We lived right next to a highway. On that noisy highway, were the neighbors; a gas station and a restaurant. We blissfully slept in our new home the first few months, then one night when we clicked off the lights there was still so much light in the room we could see the expressions on each others faces from across the room. There was now a flood of bright white light pouring in. Our neighbors so graciously bought floodlights for their parking lot and pointed them straight at our bedroom window. Previously we lived on a quiet 22 acres in the country that was stark black at night, this was a drastic change.
We had no money for curtains, so for a few weeks we slept (or tried to) in the light. Payday came and we rushed to pick up some discounted black curtains on clearance, It was blissfully dark in the room again, with only a little light seeping through the edges of the curtain.
Thinking on this light and the fact that it wasn’t very pleasant, still makes me think about how light works and how it pierces the darkness and changes a room.
A dark room with a few carefully placed lit candles becomes warm and friendly.
Reflecting on light and how bright and persistent it can be, reminds me of my desire to be that kind of light. One that changes an atmosphere and continues to shine, just because I am there. I want to lighten a room (in a GOOD way) by bringing joy and a hope.
One of the definitions of light in the dictionary is : The radiance or illumination from a particular source.
I want to be that particular source. I desire to radiate with the love of God, with HIS light. I do not want to bring darkness to a room with my grumbling, gossiping, worrying, complaining, sad self. I want to be so full with the joy of the Lord that it can not help but spill out and onto others around me.
I want the surroundings about me to brighten with joy and animation because I am there and the Spirit of the Lord is a part of me.
One way to be the full light the Lord has for me to be, is to dig into the word and allow Him to work in me. Spending my days in prayer and worshiping the Lord in Spirit and truth continually and asking Him to always have His way in me. It is so important that I change the focus of my world around me and circumstances to a focus of Him and a love for His people. Taking steps towards being a light and letting go of the things that darken me is the only way I will be a light that penetrates the atmosphere!
Challenge this day my friends: Decide to be a light, and go for it.
Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, LORD.
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About the Author: My name is Shaey. I am a stay at home mom battling fibromyalgia. With my three teenage boys in school full time, not able to work My name is Shay. in a field I am trained in, and my body not always cooperating, depression would try to set in. I made it my goal to dive in full pursuit to seek the fullness of God's joy. I began by blogging and the Lord gave me these words " Joy despite the pain, is not denial but a necessity." He is so good and faithful, He met me where I was at, fullness of Joy is mine. It is my passion to share the Joy of the Lord with others. This submission is one of my favorites from my blog, I can be found on Facebook.