“And giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption and the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:12-14
I began the run. In the dark. And I continued the run. In the dark. For an hour. And this was not just slightly dark outside. Dusk. Or dark, but street lights all around. No. Not joking. Pitch. Black. And then here’s me. With no other light than the dim glow from my phone.
Alone. Surrounded by darkness. Unprepared. Scary. Dangerous. All come to mind to describe the beginning of this run.
As I ran around my regular nature loop, continually turning my phone back on for the little light, I couldn’t think about the fact that I was alone. My feet kept moving. I couldn’t think about the slow, hesitant pace I was going due to fear of falling. My feet kept moving. I couldn’t think about the what seemed to be neverending darkness all around me. My feet kept moving.
All I focused on. Thought about. With all my might. Was my little light. Keeping that light shining. Keeping that light right in front of me. All would be well if my little light didn’t go out.
It was the little light that kept my feet moving forward. Helped me see the stick, rock and bump in the road. Ushered me into the new day. And in spite of the surrounding front, behind, left and right sides of pitch darkness, it pierced through.
After I got back from my run, my family got ready and headed off to church. I always am anxious to hear about what my girls learned about in their Sunday School time. Can you guess what it was about? And yes, I am sure you have an idea. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine” was written on a glow stick bracelet as they walked out.
At this moment I had an overwhelming sense of God’s presence. A thankfulness for the little light He had given me to run just hours earlier with. A thankfulness for the little light I have inside of me, Jesus. A thankfulness for His rescuing me from the dominion of darkness.
And my thankfulness turned to motivation. To let my little light shine as I run the path He has set before me for today. Others and myself have said, “There is no way the tiny, cell phone glow would make a difference in total darkness“, just like myself and others say, “What difference will one smile make to the stranger? What difference will giving away one clothing item to someone in need make? What difference will loving an unkind person make? What difference will saying I’m sorry make? What difference will showing mercy when you were so wronged make?” Well, it makes ALL the difference.
My little light showed how and where my feet should move along the path. It also paved the way for anyone behind me. So when we step out with our little lights of Jesus in this dark world, we end up seeing clearly the direction He has for us. We stay on His narrow path. We overcome Satan through Jesus’ Name. We pull others out of darkness and into the Light. Through our small selfless acts of love, generosity, compassion, and mercy, we bring the Kingdom of Light to this dark world.
So I have come to recognize Little Lights Do. Make. A. Difference. You and I make a difference. When we submit to God’s Word and be obedient to it. When we say “Yes” to allowing Jesus, the Light of the World, guide our lives. So will you join me today and act upon the Spirit’s leading, proclaiming, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!”
© 2012 Standing on Peace