Tag: clarity

Light of the World

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Father, without You we are in complete and utter darkness.

Our world is dark.  This time of year the nights are longer so there is more physical darkness to the day.  Without artificial light we would not be able to see to get around in the dark.

There is also a kind of emotional darkness that comes from worry, stress, anxiety and fear.  These can be due to a lack of direction or encouragement.  Or a lack of truth in relationships.  Or from hardships, difficulties and tragedies we endure.

And there is also a spiritual darkness that seems to pervade our world.   At times it appears that evil is prospering.  And it has an upper hand so many places where there is persecution, hatred, and violence.

Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for being the Light of the World.  You are Light in our lives in so many different ways.

Three in particular come to mind.

Soft light.

background-boy-christmas-713148 (1).jpgYou can be the soft light that allows us to feel relaxed, comfortable and safe; like the light from a campfire, or Christmas lights, or early morning just before the sun rises.

That kind of warmth or glow is gentle.  And You can be gentle with us.  You can wrap us in a radiance that calms us and brings a sense of peace no matter the circumstances.

In allowing You to envelope us in a blanket of soft light there is a sense of security.

Bright light.

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Daylight allows us to see things as they are.  We can see traps, holes, dangers.  We can navigate safely.  We can perceive more clearly.  And the bright light that You provide also lets us see the truth in ourselves and our relationships.  It allows us to see the reality of our true identity and our circumstances.

Your bright light provides us with direction and clarity.  And that brings confidence.

 

Laser light.

laser-858309_640Light can be so strong that it burns.  Lasers can be weapons of destruction.  Or they can be so focused that they can be treatments for cutting out dead or diseased tissue.

As such, Your laser light can seek out and target our worries, fears, bitterness.  And can be a healing light burning out cancer and disease.

I praise You that You are Light.  That there is no darkness in You.

And that by Your light I can walk and live and prosper as my soul is prospering in the salvation You brought to the world.  Amen

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Turn Your Head Around

Walking in one direction around the lake gave me a singular perspective. The sky was totally overcast as I looked up and onward. A gray haze was settling in not too far above my head. It gave a dreary look to everything in front of me: the lake, the trees, the houses. And the effect on my mood was similar. I felt weighted down, sluggish, gray.

duck circleAs I walked, a group of ducks who were feeding in a tightly moving circle, moved away from me, and I thought, how often that is the case: wild animals fearing humans will seek to get away from them. But personally, I internalized and felt rejected by these ducks.

As I came around the curve of the lake, I looked to see if the mountains too were submerged in gray, only to be pleasantly surprised to find that they were not! The sky was clearing from the west and the sun was able to illuminate the mountains beautifully. Above and around me was overcast, but in the distance, was the hope of a beautiful and sunny day.

My spirits were lifted, and my mood changed.   The day took on a forecast of hope and promise.   Miraculously, my outlook had totally improved just by turning my head around! God showed me that there was more to life than what I was choosing to focus on.

How long has it been since you turned your head and looked around? It seems that in the rush of today’s world, we don’t take the time to look around; not to see the beauty, or gain a new perspective. We’re so busy with our nose to the grindstone and our shoulder to the wheel and the weight of the world on our backs; we’re afraid of losing momentum. And yet sometimes, we need those moments to clarify what is around us now. Those adjustments of the neck help us reevaluate our situation or confirm that we are on the right track.

I decided to reverse my direction and cover the same ground, only from a new perspective with the sunny vista before me. There seemed to be more spring in my step as I retraced my path. Meeting up with the group of ducks again, I waited for them to flee from my approach. But they did not. They kept coming towards me, circling in their tight group, and continued by me as if I weren’t even there!

I looked back and saw the ducks; which I had presumed were judging me, were simply following their pattern of feeding: churning up algae to eat by paddling in a circle, moving slowly around the perimeter of the lake. I had mistakenly read something into their behavior that wasn’t there!

How often we do that in life. We allow our mood to be affected by external factors, and then mistakenly interpret the world around us. In doing this, we defeat ourselves!

Don’t allow that to happen!

my-lakeTake a moment to straighten your neck, turn your head and look around you. Take in all 360 degrees plus what is above and beneath you. Allow God to show you what He wants you to see. Ask Him to help you refocus on the hope and future He has for you.