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I want to be a Candle

This January I am joining the Just Jot it January challenge. It means I need to write something everyday during January – even if it is a shopping list or a photo.

I was thinking this morning about candles. The candle that sparked these thoughts was not glamorous. It was a citronella candle that I light when I have my quiet time with God out in the garden under the gazebo. For some reason, that particular spot in the garden encourages day mosquitos. They have striped bodies and they are smaller than the night mosquitos but they pack an itchy punch just as annoying. Hence the candle.

As I watched I saw the wax melt and eventually become less. Essentially the candle gives of itself to serve others.

I want to be like a candle this 2021. I want to bring light to others, to the world. A candle doesn’t have to be beautiful, or decorated for Christmas. Any candle can give light.

Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…. let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14a, 16 NIV)

No speech is required. No grand gestures. All I have to do is to be who God created me to be. If my time and energy are consumed by giving light to others, then that is part of God’s great plan for me.

My Prayer.

Father God, this year I dedicate myself to You anew. Please use me to light dark places wherever you choose. Amen.

Light Bearers

I’ve been thinking a lot about light and sunshine and energy lately. Today’s devotional from our church fitted right into that theme.

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV)

That’s quite a promise! I am a follower of Jesus. The promise is for me. I will never walk in darkness. I got to meditating on how I can bring that light to others.

How can I bring:-

The light of knowledge to those stuck in the darkness of ignorance? The light of hope to those in the darkness of despair? The light of freedom to those enslaved by the darkness of addiction? The light of peace to those battling dark coils of anxiety? The light of love to those in the darkness of rejection and abandonment? The light of joy to those in the darkness of disillusion? The light of guidance to those in the darkness of the lost? The light of life to those perishing in the utter darkness?

Lord, please show me how to be your torch bearer so that others may not walk in darkness. Amen.

Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Solar Lantern

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You are the light of the world. Matt 5:14

Yesterday I bought a solar lantern meant to look like a candle, complete with amber light and a realistic flicker. The instructions said to put it in a sunny spot and the longer it is in the sunshine, the longer it will burn at night.

That’s not news to any of us, especially us South Africans who are learning to cope with load-shedding. However, there is a spiritual analogy here.

The longer we spend with the Light of the World, the more power we have to fulfill our destiny as lights of the world. This is accumulative so it doesn’t matter if it is one big chunk of time or constant little intervals throughout the day.

I have learned from experience that if you allow rechargeable batteries to stay flat for too long before recharging them, the battery gives in and they no longer function as they should. Just today I threw away a rechargeable torch that we used to keep in the motor-home, a rechargeable light bulb and a three-way-charge emergency lantern.

Let us not neglect our spiritual batteries lest we loose our ability to give light to a dark world.

Corridor of Light

Burglars broke into both houses behind us over the Christmas holiday and our neighbours are now upgrading their security. They intend putting up electric fencing along our shared border. Yesterday, tree-fellers invaded the property behind us with their noisy electric saws, trimming trees and branches that would interfere with the electric fence. Part of our avocado tree had to be trimmed.

I noticed the difference this morning when I went to the gazebo in the garden for my quiet time. The corridor of light between our house and wall was bigger and brighter. A rose was back-lit and glowed like a ruby. The smooth leaves looked like polished jade.

Image by Bob Mason from Pixabay

As every photographer knows, light makes all the difference. Even normally ugly things, given enough light, grow beautiful.

But light is not only for beauty, it is also for power. Without light, plants could not photosynthesize and make food or produce oxygen. As more and more power cuts hit our country, many South Africans are investing in solar panels to create electricity. Light has energy. Light is power.

Jesus, the Light of the World, is also the power of the world. In Him all things were created. (Col1:16)

We are called to walk in the light. (1 John 1:7, Psalm 56:13, Is 2:5 and others.)

My prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World, please shine your light of beauty and power on me today and always. Amen.”

This post is part of JustJoJan.

Shadows

Things are not always what they seem from their shadows. This morning I started running my bath water and noticed a long legged spider trying to get out of the way of the rising water. As he slipped and slithered on the white enamel surface, it looked to me like two spiders were ascending and descending. Eventually he made it and scurried away and into the corner under my console.

In the photo above, the bird’s shadow looks much larger than the bird itself.

Sometimes our lives are marred by shadows of the past. We all experience bad things and we all make mistakes and hurt others. However, when we allow the shadow to grow into something larger than it really is, it can steal our happiness and peace.

Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We all know what happens to shadows when we shine a light on them. Let us allow Jesus to shine His light on the dark shadows in our soul.

This post is part of the JustJoJan challenge.

Load shedding

South Africa is undergoing load shedding at the moment. That means that for four hours at a time, electricity is switched off in a certain area. It is staggered so that yesterday it was 4 pm to 8 pm and today it is 8 am to 12.30 pm. Sitting in the dark with candles and torch light got me to thinking about the references to darkness and light in the bible. They didn’t have electricity in those days.

The obvious ones came to mind. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105

or “Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick….” (Math 5:15 KJV)    Of course the NIV translates a bushel as a bowl. Last night I lit a candle just so we could see what we were eating for dinner. I can’t imagine putting it under a bowl or tall vase.

 

But the verses my mind lingered on are from John 1.

“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it……..

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own and his own did not receive him.” (John 1:4-5 and 9-11 NIV)

What particularly struck me was the contrast between the darkness and the world. The darkness had to submit to the light. It had no choice.  However the true light came to his own and his own did not receive him. They had a choice. They could accept him or reject him.

The choice is still there today. We can accept the Light of the World or reject him. Verse 12 tells us “Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…born of God.”

Coffee with Wings February #1

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Eugene Rens, who wrote the devotion I read today, compares the Christian walk to Photography. As I attended a get-to-know-your-camera course on Saturday and am starting a Photography on line course tonight, this really resonated with me. Jesus is the Light of the World and photography is all about light.

The first rule of photography is focus. Although my camera has auto focus, from the last batch of photos I took, I deleted about 75% of them because the main object was out of focus. Our calling as Christians is to keep Christ as our focus. He is our main subject. This is going to be my challenge for the week and I invite you to make it yours too.

You are the Light of the World

Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

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I got to thinking about light and the different types of light that we could be.

There is UV light. It can act as a disinfectant and is used widely in medicine.

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These are the people who see the corruption in the world and fight for the right. Like William Wilberforce who spent his life campaigning against slavery. They are the people who motivate others and change public opinion.

Then there is torch light.

flashlight-924099_640These are the people who show the way, who lead by example.

In the olden days it used to be lamps or lanterns. girl lamp Psalm 119:105 says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” The picture is of an unknown and dark future and God’s word illuminates enough of the path to take the next step.

bible-985035_640People who know the word of God can better lead the way.

Then there is the humble candle. Just a little light that can’t be put out by any amount of darkness. candle-1099856_640Today candles are also used in symbolic or sacramental ways (everyday objects reminding us of deeper truths) Examples are lighting candles in memory or somebody, lighting a candle for each year on a birthday cake, giving a baby a candle at his baptism. Candles can also be purely decorative and set a mood for a dinner party or special occasion.

I see candle people as adding that bit of extra to life. they celebrate but are not shallow. They think deeply and act meaningfully bringing a spark to their relationships.

The modern version could be the LED. tiny on its own but en mass what wonderful displays we have seen. The old proverb still holds true. Not all the darkness in the world can extinguish the light of one small LED light.

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I could go on.  There is the Olympic torch where the flame is symbolic of the Olympic spirit and ideals. These are people who make a difference to the world and pass on their legacy to their children.

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Of course the greatest light is the sun and I think this symbolizes Jesus when He said “I am the Light of the World.” The sun sustains all life, promoting growth and sustenance as well as warmth. It gives light to half the world and can disinfect as well. Our little lights are merely images of that great light.

 

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So go out and shine whatever kind of light you have been given.

I’d love to hear your ideas of any other lights and their application.