Illuminate me

Early this morning, I peered through the windows into a dim backyard. The trees were shadowed, leaves dark and devoid of color. The shadows seemed to tell lies, holding back the glorious hues of the day before. Each leaf contained brilliant golds, oranges and fiery reds — yet, in the dark, they stayed silent shades of brown.

Then, the sun rose.

The higher the sun, the more pervasive the rays of light, and the more vibrant the world became.

Sunshine princess

The sunshine brings a smile to the earth, and yesterday to my kids and I as we crunched the leaves with our feet leaping to catch a frisbee beyond our grasp, as we bounced even higher on our trampoline, and as we wondered at this world God created. It’s the sun that showcased the beauty surrounding us.

John chapter 1 describes the Light coming into the world, to change us and allow us to see.

There it was–the true Light [the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light] which, coming into the world, enlightens everyone.

All of us were created with vibrancy that is only revealed through the light of Christ. We need His Light to shine onto our sin-covered lives and drive out the darkness. And, we don’t just need a little light. We need the full-force strength of God’s redemptive grace illuminating every shadow. 

I will never be all that I am intended without all of Jesus saturating every part of who I am. It’s only then that His full beauty can be seen in me.

Join me in this prayer, based on Ephesians 1:17-19:

God, would you give me a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of You? Would You enlighten the perception of my mind so I may know the hope of my calling, the glorious riches of the inheritance You give me with all others who follow You, and the immeasurable greatness of You power to us who believe — all this according to the working of Your vast strength? Amen.

Psalm 23

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Jesus is my Shepherd, my guide and the One who takes care of me.
What else would I ever need?

He leads me to places I will flourish and grow – to where I can find strength through Him.
He stops and makes me rest, and drink in the cool waters of His Spirit.

He makes me new.
He takes me down paths where I can learn what is right and how to live for Him and His name.

When I turn and walk into the darkness, and sin begins to swallow me, He doesn’t give up on me. He stays with me, when no one else does. He convicts me, corrects me and disciplines me, because of His great love. When I find myself lost and unsure, He reminds me I have nothing to fear, because He is greater. I can trust Him completely.

In the midst of conflict, when the world comes against me, they come against Him. And, He has the victory.

He has set me apart, He fills me so full of His peace, His faithfulness, His loving-kindness and His grace, it spills over and soaks those around me.

Surely, God will showcase His goodness and His mercy today, tomorrow and every day. That’s who He is. And because He is God, I will trust Him with my forever.