Coincidentally two of my readings today emboldened a theme–that God’s power lies in daring to shine when the world around is dark.
The fear to stand out should be cast away, if you can share the good news of God and joy. This world is swirling with good and evil, with constant oppression and depression fighting our success. But if individually we decide to live with dignity and trust, the earthly balance just might tilt toward the lighter side. The very side that holds a hope worth seeing and believing.
The first work is a verse from the book of Luke, said by Jesus,
“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” Luke 8:16-17
It makes logical sense. Why did we invent the lamp, if to only stow it away or place it under a cover? Its function is to allow us to see when the natural sun has set. It exists to brighten the environment, to sit open for all to use and administer. We are lamps. We are meant to shine and reveal God’s glory in the surrounding darkness of human despair and mistakes. Turn on your switch, update your bulb, adjust your shade. Because all it takes is a spark of faith to burn the fire or electricity of His truth.
The complementing piece comes from a multi-faceted novel,
“But here is the amazing thing–light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle in the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light… I guess from my point of view, we can choose to be in the dark, or we can light a candle. And for me, Christ is that candle. I never said there might not be a million points of light out there–I just think Jesus is the one who strikes the match.” from Jodi Picoult’s Change of Heart.
There is a pattern, a repetition, in these unrelated written works. The fire of Christ is always a flame and steady, waiting for you to ignite and join the light.