Normal, every-day things speak to me often. Last night was no exception.
The workday was a bit rough. I’m employed in the HVAC business & with this recent cold snap our phones were ringing off the hook. One hour bled into the next & before I knew it – it was 5 o’clock & time to skedaddle.
Came home & partook in resting a while in my worn spot on the couch, got a hot shower & washed Monday away, made myself a cup of decaf coffee & retreated to my room. And I did something I normally never do.
Now anyone who knows me personally knows I have a thing for lamps. I have three of them in my bedroom. But at night I usually only turn on the one next to my favored side of the bed. Instead, I lit them all. And what a difference it made.
Of late I haven’t been feeling very spiritual or inspired. Any of you who read my ramblings regularly know I’ve been struggling. It’s no one’s fault but mine – coupled with life & what it deals out. And I admit with eyes cast down that I sometimes take my relationship with God for granted. Not really fanning the flames of my faith or digging for treasures buried in my soul amidst all the cares of this little world of mine. Kind of like when you’ve been married a long time & you have this abiding love but you’re just kind of existing. No real passion. Not like it was once.
Turning on those two extra lights helped me to be more aware. To not be so tempted to just slide underneath the covers with the TV on till I slip away. It spoke & it taught & it drew me out for a bit. Drawing me out of me.
Light. Such a simple & powerful force.
It drives every darkness away.
It illuminates & brings clarity.
It lifts & pulls us up straighter.
And I do so need that right now.
I present a challenge firstly to myself & to you-
To fight the urge to keep the blinds closed & curtains drawn. To step out of the dank, dark & dangerous comfort zones I know most of us have.
To open up & let more Light in.
Or maybe any at all – depending on where these words may find you.
Join me. I know I’m not alone.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but now light is shining on them. – Isaiah 9:2
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. God sent his messenger, a man named John, who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. This was the real light—the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. – John 1:5-9
Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.” – John 8:12
You are the source of all life, and because of your light we see the light.- Psalm 36:9
Your word is a lamp to guide m and a light for my path. – Psalm 119:105
Much love y’all & much more light,