A Reflection on Solar Lights

A Reflection on Solar Lights

My husband loves to tinker with outdoor lighting. Solar lights dot our landscaping. Tucked in among sweet pansies, prickly holly, and sleepy crepe myrtles, they soak up the light of the sun. You hardly know they’re there. Some are disguised as rocks. Others nestle in the groundcover. 

But when the sun melts into the horizon, the sky darkens to indigo, and one by one, the little solar lights flicker on. Powered by the sun’s rays, their lights burst into the darkness. 

Scripture gives an example of one who reflected God’s light–literally. In the Old Testament, Moses spent so much one-on-one time with God, his face reflected God’s glory. In fact, Moses’ face glowed so much that it frightened his fellow Israelites. Moses had to hide his face behind a veil (Exodus 34:29-35). 

Solar lights offer three lessons about reflecting the light of the Son:

  1. Solar lights don’t work well if their access to the sun is impaired. A tangle of dead weeds. Untrimmed bushes. Dense cloud cover. Is something blocking your Light?
  2. Solar lights do their best work in the dark. They add little to the light of day. Are you trying to shine in full sun? Are you avoiding the dark?
  3. Solar lights highlight something besides themselves. Trees. Architecture. Walkways. They are designed to draw attention to something greater than themselves. To what are you pointing?

Frank Laubach references the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-21; Mark 9:1-29; Luke 9:28-43) in this quote, “It is our duty to live in the beauty of the presence of God on some mount of transfiguration until we become white with Christ. After all, the deepest truth is that the Christ-like life is glorious, undefeatably glorious. There is no defeat unless one loses God, and then all is defeat, though it be housed in castles and buried in fortunes.” 

God has placed you in a special spot in His landscaping called Earth. Soak Him up, then shine. Highlight His Word, His ways, His truth.

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Workout of the Week: Reflections on Solar Lights

Memory Verse: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 NIV

Meditation Passage: Exodus 34:29-35

Do It: Spend time with Him, then light up the darkness.

Twinkle, Twinkle: Let Your Light Shine

Twinkle, Twinkle: Let Your Light Shine

From the 26th floor of the office building, I gazed at the DFW skyline. A patchwork quilt of prairie and urban sprawl covered the ground below. The dusky sky deepened to indigo and the lights of the city switched on like a Lite-Brite board. Neon signs, office buildings with after-hour workers, skyscrapers outlined in yellow highlighting. The eye follows light. Even in the night sky, my eyes hunt for constellations, not the dark spaces in between.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 NIV

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Cor. 4:6-7

So how are we to be light-bearers? Lamps? Stars that twinkle?

1) Talk the talk: “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15) Recently I was in a post office. I stood in line where talk turned to kids and the military. Prayer came up, because if you have a kid that serves, you pray. Three women, three races, united in a discussion about prayer, military service, and ornery teenagers. Don’t be afraid to speak.

2) Walk the walk: “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” (Phil. 2:14-16) If someone saw your walk, would they want what you have? Jesus attracted people in droves. If our only friends are other believers (I’m talking to myself here), what does that say about our Christlikeness?

3) Love first: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) We should be the first to love, the first to encourage, and the first to pray for those around us. Every one of those around us. Especially those who aren’t like us. Be authentic.

There’s no shortage of darkness. Eyes seek light. So, twinkle, twinkle.

Workout for the Week: Twinkle, Twinkle

Memory Verse: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 NIV

Meditation Passage: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Cor. 4:6-7

Just Do It: Twinkle, twinkle.

 

 

Lamp Light

Lamp Light

Lamps.

They illuminate darkness. They give light.

The first thing God spoke into existence was light, and the writers of Scripture use light imagery to describe Him. The prophet Habakkuk draws this picture of God, “His splendor is like the sunrise; rays flashed from His hand, where his power was hidden.” (Hab. 3:4 NIV)

Light. Radiance. Sunlight. So bright it pierces your eyes and brings you to your knees. Paul tells us this Light was deposited in every believer, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Each who bears Christ’s name is a lamp that’s been lit. A clay Jack-o-lantern of sorts.

Jesus said, “You are the light of this world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

So, are you hiding your light?

Do your hands flash with His rays as you comfort a child or reach out to a neighbor?

Is it easier to be politically correct than to defend your faith to those who would label you?

Are you bringing light to your secular workplace or school?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within is darkness, how great is that darkness.” (Matthew 6:2-23)

Is your dimmer switch on?

God has chosen to place His Spirit into simple vessels of clay—you and me. Formed from the dust we walk on. Holding heaven’s brightest flame.

Are we functioning as His lamps?

Dispelling darkness.

Bring clarity.

Calming fear.

Exposing evil.

Creating room for good.

Giving life and healing.

Jesus said to the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5 says, “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”

Stay true to your Light and your purpose as His lamp.

Questions:

What are you doing with your Light?

What’s your wattage?

Are you lighting the darkness or a room full of lamps?

What dark place needs light?

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