This Little Light

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

Raised in the state of Georgia, I love the Southern culture. You could call me a true-blue Georgia Peach. 
When I was a little girl, my family would often sit outside together on our white front porch after dinner. Oh, those warm humid Georgia summer nights. Twilight would be settling on the world and with it, a peaceful stillness as the little critters of the day burrowed for the night. Our cat would wander up the steps to our porch and weave between the rocking chairs before laying down nearby. Sometimes my oldest sister would softly play her acoustic guitar and sing for us. I would catch fireflies.
Lightning bugs. That's what we call fireflies in the South. Those tiny glowing lights that spark on and off in the darkest shadows of the trees like little fairies flitting by. To me, it looks like magic. I would catch the small bugs in my hand, sometimes catching a few in a glass mason jar and bringing them indoors upstairs to my bedroom to admire their light until my head heavy with drowsiness finally hit my pillow. 
Fireflies have such a tiny light, yet they shine so brightly in the darkness.
In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus is preaching to the crowd on the mountain, reminding them to let their lights shine. That message is the same for us today as believers. But sometimes, it's easier said than done, right?
What about the times when if you speak up about Jesus, you know it could cost you something? Your popularity, your job, your friends? What about the times when we're just too afraid of looking "weird" or of goofing up or of not knowing the words to say? 
Or sometimes, it can simply be just downright discouraging when we listen to the news and politics and we see so much darkness around the globe today. How can our one little light even make difference anyways?
But it does. As I learned from fireflies as a young girl, in the deepest darkness, even the smallest lights can light up the room. The darkest nights only make the lightning bugs shine brighter. It just takes a little courage and trust that God's Light shining within us can set this world aglow for Him.
Don't be afraid to shine, sisters. Even in the darkness, God is still in control and He still reigns. Let's be His fireflies, bringing the wonder of His love and His salvation to the hearts all around us searching for answers and acceptance and hope. 
This little light of mine...I'm gonna let it shine.

Lord, thank You for putting Your light in us as Your precious daughters. You know that sometimes it's discouraging or intimidating as we look at the world around us and question how we, as one person, can make a difference. But please equip us with courage and boldness to shine as lights for You in the darkness and to bring Your hope to our lost world desperately in need of a savior. Place opportunities within our paths every day to shine Your love and Your truth. Amen.

What are some ways that you can be intentional about shining your light in the darkness of the world? Who are some people that maybe God has already placed within your life who need to shown the light of Jesus? How might you cultivate your relationship with the Lord more so that His light shines even brighter through you as you grow in Him?

Written by // Julia Glover

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