Shining On

Anyone who has ever watched or helped me decorate knows that one of my favorite things in the whole world is to position bright mini- lights that will shine in the darkness.

Any darkness.

Little white lights gleaming down a light-dimmed hallway or stage.

Little multi-colored lights glowing from the snow or tucked inside the boughs of a Christmas tree.  Miniature lights peeking through swags or runners of fabric, mesh, netting, woven into flower arrangements and loose sprays.

Even red-white-and-blue lights tucked into tubs of flowers and draped, as is the case on Memorial Day or Fourth of July.  

Lights in the darkness.  Transforming the atmosphere in which they gleam.

I love the mental image and the Scripture that so often comes to my mind:  the apostle Paul teaching that we are “children of God, above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights (luminaries, stars)* holding fast the word of life…” (Phil. 2:15-16, *NASB footnote)

Lights.  Luminaries.  Stars, all adding a dimension of hope and vibrancy to the dull black all around them.  Demonstrating that darkness is not the kingdom that dominates wherever they are placed.

I think that both His Spirit and I share this delight — the pleasure and admiration resulting from the beauty and power created by dispelling the darkness.  When our Father observes His worldly creation from a heavenly throne and sees us, He sees the Light blazing within us, the Light He saw blazing within His Son:  “The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:5)  The Message translates that verse, “The Life-light blazed out of the darkness; and the darkness couldn’t put it out.”  

I think my favorite translation of John 1:5 comes from the Amplified Bible:  “The Light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness did not understand it or overpower it or appropriate it or absorb it.”

Not understood.  Not overpowered.  Not appropriated.  Not absorbed.

That is a truly marvelous life-testimony.

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