Shining in the Darkness

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Psalm 119:1-5 (NKJV)

As the days grew shorter in the latter part of summer, I had a more difficult time squeezing in my running workouts before breakfast on the long-run days.  One Sunday my workout said to run 24 miles, as I was training for my first marathon.  In order to get in such a long run and still make it to the second church service, I needed to leave at 5 a.m. Setting my alarm for 3 a.m. I got up to have my TEA time with Jesus.  But by 5 a.m. it was still dark out, so I took a flashlight and put bear bells on my ponytail.  The big flashlight was a little cumbersome as I made my way down the highway in the last hour before dawn, but I was thankful for the light, pushing aside the darkness, pointing out any stumbling blocks, and shining into the distance to alert possible travelers. 

And I started to think, “Hmm…this would make a good devotion,” as I often do when I’m running and praying.  My flashlight was lighting the highway just as God’s Word lights the path we should take.  We have to get into His Word and read our Bibles every day so we can have this light.  Jesus is the light who came into the world and now His Spirit lives inside us. 

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12

Now as the autumn days grow even shorter, I have the same trouble I had in August, trying to squeeze in just a short run before breakfast.  It is still dark at 7:30 a.m. So once again, I pull out my flashlight and shine it into the darkness.  But soon I will have to give up the outside runs to darkness and snow, visiting the gym where I hope I can shine for Jesus, too. 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

Another day I was having my quiet time and God showed me this verse…

The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 (NKJV)

The funny thing was that when I was reading this verse, our power was out and I had only a little flashlight to illuminate my Bible.  I think of how one single candle and many mirrors could light up a room.  Help me be that candle or mirror and reflect your light to a world in darkness.  Thank you for shining Your light into my darkness.  Keep shining Jesus!  Keep me shining!

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP: Dear TEA friend, use your quiet time this morning to recharge your batteries.  Read your Bible. Let God’s Word kindle that spark in your heart, shining out through your eyes and smile and hands and actions to a world that so desperately needs the light of Jesus.

The entrance of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130 (NKJV)

If you enjoyed today’s devotion, you might also like A Runner’s TEA CUPP and My Light TEA, Or today’s devotion from Our Daily Bread which I just noticed is on the same theme with another powerful story.

 Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

Children of the Light

Image

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)

When our family gets time-off, like many families, we head into God’s Creation to see the cool things He has made.  We are junkies for zoos, National Parks, and caves.

Most recently we visited a cave a few hours from our home.  My goal on every cave tour is to reach the daylight at the end.  After traveling down 600 steps, viewing stalactites, stalagmites, columns, cave popcorn, cave bacon, and so forth, the guide prepared us for the final event.  The guide announced she would now turn out the lights so we could experience total darkness.  When she flipped the switch, throwing us into complete blackness, our 6-year old Joel reached out to hug me, though he had not wanted his hand held earlier.

With only a candle lighting her face, the guide told the story of a man who broke into the cave on a Friday evening a long time ago.  His flashlight died while he was underground. Since there were not tours until Monday, he had to wait two days in total darkness before anyone found him.  By Monday he was so disoriented, he couldn’t tell up from down.  His eyes took two weeks to adjust to daylight again. This http://www.healthandrecoveryinstitute.com/topamax-topiramate/ story reminds us that we don’t belong in dark places!  We are children of the Light, and that Light is Jesus!

 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 (NKJV)

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Today, if you find yourself in a dark place, reach out for Jesus as my son reached out for me. Or, if everything is going well for you, be a light for someone else who is going through a dark time.  Take her a plate of cookies or a bouquet of flowers and the light of Jesus!

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” John 8:12 (NKJV)

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.  Colossians 1:13 (NKJV)

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:15 (NKJV)

 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson