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…
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
- 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..