No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Before my husband, Danny, embarks on any home improvement project at the Orlando Compound (the name we affectionately call our place of residence), he gives it much serious thought and consideration. Months ago, Danny gets the notion to spruce up the look of our deck at night with hanging lights, but not just any bulbs will do. They must be energy-saving LEDs, and their cost can't be a burden on our budget.
Danny researches the price and quality of the LEDs he has in mind to use, but can't seem to find a bargain any where. That is, until, a random run to our local Costco turns up the mother lode of LED string lights for half the price of the lowest quote Danny has found on line.
Needless to say, a sale is made, and we are one step closer to realizing our dream of having the deck draped in soft, ambient lighting.
Danny attempts to explain his vision for executing this engineering feat to me, but try as I might, my spatially-challenged brain cannot quite wrap itself around the details. I don't worry about it though, because I trust completely in Danny's ability to follow through with any project he's contemplated for weeks.
Here's Danny hard at work!
It's coming along . . .
I can't wait until it's dark enough to flip that switch!
And did I mention the LEDs change color at the touch of a button?
Now when we sit out on our deck after sunset, I feel as though I've been magically transported to a sidewalk cafe in Italy or a romantic French bistro. We can't help but smile at the inviting, soothing lights shining into the surrounding darkness, defying the encroaching shadows, and brightening our world one luminescent bulb at a time.
As Christians, God expects us to shine the light of Christ into this lonely and darkened world. Are we shining His light brightly and courageously, or are we snuffing our light out under a bowl of doubt and hesitancy? Maybe we shy away from exposing that light because we feel inadequate; after all, what difference does one bulb make against a vast sea of darkness?
When such disheartening thoughts emerge, let us instead imagine ourselves as a unique, precious bulb in a string of other unique and precious lights all working together, hand in hand, to shine the radiant light of God's kingdom.
And that, my friends, makes all the difference, indeed!