You are the light of the world, like a city on a hill that cannot be hidden. -Matthew 5:14
Let’s take a moment to thank Jesus for the gift of light. Think about it for a minute. We don’t have to live in the dark—we can see because we have light! We take it for granted like air and water because it’s always there, yet we cannot live without it.
The solar eclipse yesterday was a nod to the beauty & awe of God’s creation. In the midst of a strife-filled age, it was amazing to see people rally together for one purpose: L I G H T. Everyone was on team solar eclipse. What a precious reminder, friends. At the end of the day, after another trip around the sun, we’re a team.
Seeing all heads up and eyes fixed on the sky profoundly illustrates the Gospel. Everyone experiencing the eclipse was in awe of its expanse of light—a light so bright we had to wear crazy looking glasses or else we could go blind!
(I didn’t have those special glasses, so my neighbors were kind enough to stand in my front yard & play “pass the glasses” so we all could take a turn!!)
The Gospel proclaims God’s people are children of light because God is Light. This Light shines in the darkness & the darkness cannot overcome it. The eclipse shouted this verse from John chapter 1 high to the heavens. We live in a dark & broken world, but you know what? God promises us something better—He gives us boldness to navigate. We see the darkness, but it cannot overcome us. We are children of light, dancing in the sunbeams of God’s grace. He sends us beacons of light to flood the darkness & He knows when we need it most. He make us lamps so His light may shine through us & illuminate His kingdom.
Thy word is a lamp to my feet & a light unto my path. -Psalm 119:105
I believe it’s no coincidence the word “LIGHT” has multiple meanings. Let’s look at a few:
easy to carry
illuminating to make things visible
opposite of darkness
to ignite, or start a flame
All of these meanings are intertwined and point right back to the Lord. Dwell on it—When we look to the Light, our burdens are made light! A spark is ignited in our hearts to seek the light & it becomes our source of navigation. Looking to God we see a light that guides us into a life of freedom—one where the Light Himself takes on our burdens so we don’t have to alone.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:30
Yes, the Lord—the source of light—makes us light & free.
What if we lived in the freedom of light like everyday was eclipse day?
Pioneers keep their eyes on the sky because its their source of direction. Without light, they would easily lose track of their paths. During the eclipse, all eyes were on the sky, looking directly into the light. What if we dared to look to the Light everyday? The expressions of joy from experiencing a “once in a lifetime” event was priceless—Even the live television newscasters couldn’t deny the pure amazement from witnessing it firsthand. The Lord invites us to witness this joy everyday when we look to Him!
The sun & moon crossed paths right before our eyes. The sky grew dark for a moment—the air was cool & all was still, breath held. Then, the sun reappeared—it could not be overtaken. The light had won & all was finished. Once you start looking for God’s light, you’ll see it everywhere.
I saw it yesterday. I hope you’ll look back & see it too.
Eclipse day ended with a slow, beautiful sunset over Birmingham—a reminder that though the light of day was dimming, it will return as sure as the sun. His mercies are new every morning.
Seeds of Truth day planner’s Bible theme for June 2018 is LIGHT! Find it now on the Etsy shop here.