One of the coolest things I remember is when my husband and I were in Israel was when we were sitting at the foot of the Sea of Galilee one night. While we sat there talking, we looked. We were drawn to the mountains and the blackness that “was out there” until out of nowhere a light appeared.
High up in the mountain this light appeared and the longer we looked at that light the brighter it got. Then something happened while we gazed at that light, another light appeared, and another, and then another until there were lights flickering all throughout the mountainside around us. It was the most amazing site because just moments before there was complete blackness — you would have never known there were people up there. I will this memory for it also draws me to think about what Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid” [Matthew 5:14-16] for truly it is impossible to hide even a small flame in the midst of blackness.
I think of the ‘blackness’ that is around me which we call spiritual warfare via the devil’s attacks; there is this lost world that needs Christ: my neighbors, the check-out lady, the gas station person, the waitress, or the visitor, and regular-attender at church. There is also my own sinful pride and selfishness – yes, that too, me! I cannot help but think – “Is my light on?”
Oh yes, I am a child of God [thank you, Lord for saving my soul!!!]; I am a sinner saved by grace; I know where my eternity will be spent [thank you, LORD!]. In all my weaknesses and faults, the Lord saved this soul and I am eternally indebted to Him – His love never changes for me or for you, but thinking about that mountainside in Israel and Jesus’ words in Matthew makes me wonder, if have I changed over the years?
‘Is MY light ON’ — like that very first day when my personal darkness turned to day because Jesus turned on my light on [my salvation day] or have I slowly put my light on “dimmer”? I think of others who have chosen to turn their light off [well, if truly born again, they are hiding their light under a bushel].
But Jesus was clear when He said in Matthew, “YOU are the light of the world.”