Last winter, a friend gave me a stocking cap (called a “boggin” where I lived in the mountains) with a light in the center front. It was supposed to make my nighttime walks with Kelly easier. I took one look and thought, “Yeah, right!” That little bit of light wouldn’t be much help.
Besides, I already had a good flashlight. It’s LED and, upon the first click of the switch, shines ahead as you expect a flashlight to do. The second click elicits a flooding light from the side of the light; and with the third click, both come on. It had already proven its worth on our mission to Nicaragua when the flood light aspect provided light during a power outage as well as when we were walking down a dark pathway.
Obviously I didn’t need another light! Nevertheless, I accepted it (graciously, I hope) and took it home thinking I would probably never use it.
But, I’m sure you remember, we had a cold winter and the stocking cap would snugly cover my ears while we were out, so I gave it a try. Those five little LED bulbs gave more light than I thought, really all the light I needed for a bedtime walk. And I had the added comfort of having my ears well covered.
Recently, that full size LED flashlight has been weakening. It probably needs new batteries, but I just picked up another little light lying there.
Also a gift, it’s made to be strung on a key ring so a person can find the keyhole when coming home. It’s not much bigger than one AA battery. Again I thought, “Well, that’s much use,” and again I was surprised. That one little LED light gives more light than the full-sized one I had been using!
Will I ever learn? You can’t judge usefulness by size!
In the Bible, the word light is used to refer to God Himself, Jesus, and the Word of God; figuratively, light speaks of holiness and purity and is that attribute which cleanses and renders prosperous.
That very same word is used to denote those of us who believe in Christ as the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus (5:8) when he said, “Though once your heart was full of darkness, now it is full of light from the Lord, and your behavior should show it.”
Isn’t it interesting that we who know Christ are called to be light – showing forth Him in the community where we live? That’s just like a child exhibiting the same traits as his or her parent, isn’t it?
The Psalmist wrote in 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” I really like the way that verse is translated in The Living Bible, “Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me, and keep me from stumbling.”
Let us relax and let God’s flashlight keep us from stumbling. Then our lives can become that little flashlight that sheds enough light to keep another from stumbling.
I believe each one of us is called to be a light where we live, work and have our being. Even a tiny flickering light penetrates the darkness and can be seen from a great distance.
We’re not all called to be strong spotlights, but we ARE called to be at least a tiny, flickering light.