Nothing Can Stop Ya

My Hindi teacher was giving a speech at his farewell party… I didn’t follow a whole lot of it as it was mainly in Hindi and I’m still a beginner and new student (or perhaps it was because I was more distracted watching his long term students breaking down in tears and feeling their  pain).  However, obviously, I understood whatever he said in English.  One word of encouragement got me pondering on it..

“The sun shines and gives out light… You may try to block it with one finger or two or perhaps even 10 fingers yet you can’t succeed in stopping it from giving light”

 (goodness,my Hindi vocabulary has grown so much thanks to my Hindi teacher that every word I know in Hindi pops out when I hear the equivalent English word!).  Oops sorry for the diversion there..

Anyway I was thinking of what he said (in italics above)… and when I went in search of a suitable image for this post, this image spoke volumes too… The onlooker may try to block it.  However, the sun rays still shine through the fingers – perhaps even more brightly or intensely – as now ‘focused’ rather than ‘spread out’.. and it also illuminates the hand!

Jesus tells us,

“You are the light of the 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

There is no purpose in hiding a light… but rather we allow the light to shine.  What is our light?  How are we the light of the world?  What is this light?

The LORD is God, and he has made his light shine upon us – Psalm 118:27

It is His light that shines upon us.. and thus we become vessels of His light that shine to the world…  Scriptures also tells us the ‘condition’ of the person to be the vessel…

Light is shed upon the righteous and joy on the upright in heart. – Psalm 97:11
and warns us,
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out – Proverbs 13:9
When are we the light?

 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” – Luke 11:34,35

Our bodies are full of light when our eyes are good…
  • Where are your eyes focused on today?  
  • Is it feeding in all the negatives around you or is it feeding on the goodness and supreme nature of God?  
  • Are they looking at things the way the world looks or they looking through the spiritual eyes, at the unseen, the eyes of faith?
  • What do people see when they see you – a body full of light or a body full of darkness… Ask the Holy Spirit to examine where you are looking..
If we surrender our sight to the Lord, we can echo the praise of the psalmist:
You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light – Psalm 18:28
 and we can rejoice likewise:
Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man – Psalm 112:4
The only thing that can block us being the light of the world is where we are turning – others can’t stop it!  God is the source of light, He is the light… Other people can raise their fingers against us to attempt to block it but their attempts will be futile as long as our eyes are focused on Him…
And a scripture passage spoken through the prophet Isaiah, to meditate upon in the presence of God with revelation from the Holy Spirt to ensure that your light will break forth like the dawn!!
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter– when you see the naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.  The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs  in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. – Isaiah 58:6-11
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