S58P7 – This precious light: desires to be seen
Bless the Lord, O my soul! O Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent. He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.
They were not the first foolish teenagers to take a joy ride on the beach at night. It was a quiet time, the off season, so they thought they had a good chance of not getting caught. Just to be sure, they turned off the Jeep’s lights as they made their way down the sandy path, but the fun and games lasted for only a few minutes. They did not know the area well at all, and they ended up getting stuck in the sand. When they called for help, they could not exactly describe where they were. To make sure that they could be found, they turned on their lights. It did not take long for the tow vehicle to find them. Those lights were unmistakable when set against the darkness of the night sky and water.
There is one thing on which we must agree. A God who clothes himself in light certainly desires to be seen. You would think that we would be the ones trying to get his attention as He is so lofty and we are so lowly. Yet, it is God who makes the first move to incline us toward him. We might think of this wooing as a whisper in the wind, and God certainly speaks that way. However, the evidence we see in just nature around us shows how brightly He is displaying his light for all to see. Our God is a loud one. Stand beneath a mighty waterfall, or listen to the wind howling through a deep canyon, and tell me that He is not screaming for attention. Even in the slightest movement of the tiniest microbe we can observe, God’s light shines brightly over him in an attempt to capture our gaze.
We may be intimidated to evangelize to people because we do not know what to say. We are unsure how to direct them to the proof of the God in which we believe. I think the matter may be much less complex than we think. If we are having trouble figuring out how to show God to others, perhaps we should first consider how God has shown himself to us. The places in which we see his light shine brightly are the places where we should direct others. Perhaps we need not even look so closely to find God’s light shining where we never expected. Father, give us the vision and discernment to see You and your light in all things, that we would be able to use all things to point others in your direction.