Have you ever watched street lights as you pass by? As you approach a street light there is the slightest hint of brilliance that illuminates your path. The closer you travel toward the light the brighter it all gets and as you move on past, the light begins to filter across your back. You quickly enter a brief moment of darkness and then suddenly you’re in the next light’s shadow and it starts all over again.
I was driving home recently and was noticing the dark places between the lights and it got me thinking about times I have been in dark places spiritually. There were times that I couldn’t utter a prayer or even comprehend scripture and I felt dry and almost brittle. But, without fail, a friend would randomly text me a verse or offer a word of encouragement. I would hear a worship song or a hymn would come to mind. It was those moments that the shadow of light would illuminate and guide me to my next breath.
God is so bright when we stand directly under him, but he casts quite a shadow of light when we tend to veer off our path. It’s in those dark moments that we desperately need our people…our sisters to shine their lights so we don’t lose our way.
When that friend randomly pops in your mind, send her that text…even if you think it seems weird. When you feel the drawing to stop and call out that friend’s name to the Father in the bathroom stall at work…do it. We’re all fighting battles and some of us are standing directly beneath the light and we feel like we could reach out and touch heaven. Some of us are in the shadows and while we can see the light it’s hard. But there are even more that are in the dark. They know the light is there but they can’t seem to find it. So, friend, be her light for this moment because you just never know when in the blink of an eye you’ll find yourself in the dark. We aren’t called to always have it together, but we are called to allow Christ’s light to shine through us. Imagine how bright the world would be if we all just shined his light!