Have you ever found yourself in complete darkness? Where there is no light at all? It is completely enveloping. It becomes almost palpable. Having lost the ability to see, you can feel completely closed in and alone.
Is it any wonder then that you can often find yourself feeling the same way when the enemy is at work? He is darkness and likes to make you feel alone, unloved and unwanted and definitely unworthy.
But what happens when a little light is added to the darkness? Suddenly there is hope. There is an escape. There is a way.
We have all experienced different kinds of light. There is sunlight, and candlelight and spot light too. Some may feel big and overwhelming, some small and dainty, but in the darkness, any light offers the same hope.
Sometimes I feel discouraged, misunderstood, and unappreciated. I’m sure we all have. And in those times, I might be tempted to feel that I (along with my light) am not good enough, that I (and my light) should just go hide somewhere.
Jesus talked about our light in Matthew 5:14-16 (TLB), “You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father.”
I have read this verse many times and assumed that light was light. But today, I noticed the word “your.” Let your light shine (NIV). Don’t hide your light (TLB). Just as God has made each of us unique- our personalities, talents and passions- our light is displayed uniquely too. Our light all comes from the same source, the Holy Spirit living in us, but how it is displayed is unique to us. There is no right way or wrong way, or better or worse. In darkness, any light will attract attention and bring hope to the lost one.
So whether you are the 3 million candle power spotlight variety, or the barely flickering ember, your light will still lead, rescue and be a welcome sight to all lost in darkness. So celebrate who God has made you to be – and shine!