Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Nightlight Bright


Ever wonder why you even exist? I know, when the chips are down, and I'm on my hundredth mistake of the day, I ask God how in the world He thinks He can use little ol' me. Normally I don't struggle with low self-esteem and purpose, because God drives me with a vision and a passion. But there are still times, when my humanity shows the most that I have to scratch my head and wonder how God is going to get the glory from certain situations.

But then a light bulb came on, literally. Not in the daytime when I'm mentally coherent, but in the middle of the night when I stumbled to the bathroom. We have a nightlight to illuminate our midnight path. As my eyes acclimated to the dark, the light became brighter. And as I looked directly into the nightlight, I was almost blinded by the brightness. It was then that I realized just how bright a tiny nightlight could be when a person needs it most, in the darkest part of the night. In the daytime, when the nightlight is on, its little beam is barely noticeable.

What makes the difference? The need—darkness. The purpose—illuminate the path. The design—one small light to allow the sleeping to slumber and the awake to seek and see the way.

This might seem very simple, but it assured me that God has made no mistake in creating me. I just need to let His light shine. He will find the places where there are needs for the light, and He will design a purpose that best glorifies Him.

I need to make sure to let HIS light shine, not MY light. The song says, "This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine" but it really is the light of Jesus that radiates from believers, when they are not stifling the Holy Spirit with selfish ambitions. And when Christians beam His light, those who are seeking answers will see the way. THE Way.

I'm content to be a nightlight. To those in need, it's as powerful as a lighthouse or a searchlight.

"This little light of God's, I'm gonna let it shine!"

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