As I woke up I looked out the window and I saw blackness. So thick that it kept even the brightest lights from shining. Staring out into the early morning there was nothing but blackness to see. I got ready for work and went out to get into my car. The fog is what made the morning so thick I couldn’t see very far. As I drove to work in the thick fog I thought about the fog and then suddenly as the sun finally started to rise it started to get lighter. I was thinking about how the world was so black, without hope before Jesus Christ came. I thought of how the disciples and all of the people that followed Him felt as He gave His last breath on the cross. What a dark world that was. What were these people thinking as Christ died? They were thinking there is no hope. Our King is dead. We are left with nothing. As the fog melted away the sun started to rise over the majestic mountains and my next thought was. There was hope because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, just as the sun was rising. The darkness melted away and the light shown bright. That Light passed its light on to others who passed the Light onto others so that there are lights shining all over the world even in the darkest parts. The next thought that came to me was how the Bible tells us to be “in the world but not of the world.” But do we let our lights shining brightly or do we hide them so no one can see then, because we fear what man can do to us. We fear what man might think of us. It causes us to go with the flow of the world instead of standing firm as a beacon on a hill. My favorite verse is Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Are you letting your light shine before men? Or are you hiding it? As for me I will let this song tell you what I am going to do. This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine Let it shine til Jesus comes, I'm gonna let it shine Such a simple children’s song but we can learn so much from it. I hope that you will think about whether your light is shining as bright as it can be shining because Jesus is the Light and we should want to share the Light with everyone.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
For those of you who have not heard I am headed to Nigeria the first of February for three months. Our visas came through this morning. I will be traveling with my younger sister and my grandparents. My grandparents used to be missionaries there. We will be visiting Ministry of Mercy orphanage and traveling the bush. I have been asked to give a few messages during my time there. I am super excited about all of this and I can't wait. I think reality hasn't hit me yet but I am sure it will soon. Thank you all for your prayers.