We are not the light—we are light reflectors. We couldn’t possibly provide light on our own—that’s a task no imperfect human could ever do. We can’t earn our way into “light-dom.” In order to reflect the light, we also must ask for God to fill us with His light, and He is faithful to respond.
Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3, NIV
So, how and where do we find out more about how to live as God’s-Light-Reflectors?
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130, NIV
We read God’s words, talk and listen to Him in prayer, and worship and praise Him in both alone and in community, in order maintain a strong relationship with God. His light fills us, and it shines out of our thoughts, words, and deeds. His light fills us, leads us, guides us through the darkness of this world.
We can’t earn it. God, by His grace, gifts us with His light. What a relief that I don’t have to try to be perfect, because I can’t be. What I can do is accept His forgiveness as I confess my sins; I can accept His light into the closed rooms in my soul that I have been keeping sealed off. I can ask, “WWJD (What would Jesus do?)” and follow the path He lights up for me.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17, NIV
God never changes, but when I invite Him in, I am transformed over time as I live in His light. He loves me, protects me, and provides for me. There is no place I can go that He isn’t there before me.
So, what is my purpose in this life—to REFLECT GOD—so that He shines on all those I come in contact with every day and every where.
THINKING IT THOUGH
- I’m not perfect, and there will be times when I really mess up. How can I possibly shine God’s light consistently? Why does God ask me to do something He knows is beyond my strength?
- How could words give light, as it says in Psalm 119:130? What does it mean to unfold God’s words?
- What does a daily habit of prayer, praise, and thanks have to do with reflecting God’s light?
- What is one thing I could do this week that would brighten the gloom in a room?
HOW IT WORKS
On Mondays we will look together at verses, ask questions, and ponder God’s words in our hearts. Then we look for some creative way to express, explain, remember what we heard from God for our loves this week. The act of drawing, writing, crafting, painting, doodling, rehabbing old to new—all of these can reflect God’s words. And as we share them, we are sharing His light.
I will post a variety of creative reflections of God’s word. I’d love it if you would share your work with others who interact with this blog. You are sharing God’s light through you when you are willing to do that. If it’s a doodle, your child’s drawing, or something you crafted out of playdough—all are expressions of God’s heavenly light. You can send them to me at KSEvenhouseWWV@gmail.com