Reading: Matthew 5: 13-16
Upon entering the old gold mining shaft, it seems like the old coffee can lanterns are just not very bright. But as we proceed and our eyes adjust to the darkness of the cave, those little candles seem awfully bright. Usually when we get to the small room at the end of the main tunnel, we have a short devotional and then blow out all the candles. In that moment it is absolutely dark. After a short prayer, we relight one candle. It seems so bright. As we pass the light from one lantern to the next, the small room becomes brightly illuminated.
Jesus’ words today speak of us being a light in the darkness. We need to be a light because, in the world, there is much darkness. Satan created much darkness in people’s lives. Through the lies and deceptions Satan tricks and leads many into sin. Jesus calls us to be the light that shines into this darkness in people’s lives. Just as the small candle lit up that room in the cave, the light of Christ within us can expose what lingers in the dark. Sometimes the light is a relief as it spreads and casts out the darkness. Sometimes the light is very bright at first and causes one to recoil – just like that one candle that was relit after the time in darkness. But gradually the light is welcomed as the love of Christ begins to work in their heart.
The light we bring is so often what one living in darkness so desires. When one feels stuck or lost in life and does not know where to turn or how to even get moving, the light can guide their path as the Holy Spirit gets ahold of them. When one is mired in the pain or loss or grief that life has brought, the light brings warmth and hope in the arms of the great Comforter. When one is trapped in addiction or some other situation, the light reveals the first steps of recovery as the loving Healer touches their life. When one cannot see past their doubt or feelings of unworthiness, the light of the compassionate Redeemer takes them by the hand and pours in love and value as a child of God.
We are children of the Light. “Let your light shine before all men so that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. Be the light today!