October 28, 2020
One of my favorite ways to decorate a space is with a statement chandelier. When we moved into our home about four years ago, every room had a ceiling fan. Every single one. With a moderate amount of resistance from my husband, I managed to eliminate every one of those ceiling fans. Every single one. That is a lot of chandelier shopping. No resistance from me there. So, I happily got to work. Now every room is illuminated with a beautiful light.
Aside from the light given off by statement chandeliers, or even builder grade light fixtures, and of course, the natural, warm light of the sun, there is another kind of light. A much more important one. “This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5) This light trumps all the statement chandeliers I can get my hands on. While these beautiful chandeliers illuminate the rooms in my house, this light illuminates and extinguishes the darkness in the world. This light provides a peace that surpasses all understanding amidst a world filled with unrest and turmoil. “The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace”. (Numbers 6:25-26)
Psalm 119:105 states that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. God leads the way for me, directing my choices and decisions, big and small. God’s light exposes the sin in my life, convicting me and bringing me to repentance, so that I may strive to remain in His light. I do not need to remain lost if I happen to lose my way. I do not have to stumble in darkness. His light, God’s light, will illuminate my path. His light, unlike all the statement chandeliers in my house, gives my mind and soul peace and rest during a time in our nation that has been so confusing, so hateful, and so deceitful. His light will shine on the evil that is trying so hard to remain in the dark, unexposed, breeding deception, blurring the truth, and concealing the lies. As a child of God, I can find peace and comfort in the fact that, this light, God’s light, the light that shines in the darkness and cannot be overcome by it, dwells in me. “Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.”(Micah 7:8)
Then I look all around me at the headlines and the people, and I wonder what is going on. How are people so easily deceived? How do people not see what is happening that seems so obvious? How? How do some people not see the barbaric truth of abortion? Or the illogical rules and mandates surrounding corona virus, which has become a political weapon? Or the lie of systemic racism? Or the attack on religious liberty? Or the attack by social media outlets on free speech when it does not fit their narrative? Or the stand for science unless talking about gender or the life inside a mother’s womb? Then it dawned on me. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked". And in John 15:15, Jesus says, "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing". Apart from Christ, we can do nothing. Apart from Christ, our hearts are deceitful and wicked. This nation has turned its back on God. We have removed the light. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter.” (Isaiah5:20) Without the light of God, we cannot see; we are lost and stumble. That is why good is evil and evil is good, up is down and down is up. According to Proverbs 4:19, “The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble”. We need God's light.
But I guess what bothers me the most, and something I just cannot understand, is why, when you try to share the light, some choose to remain in the darkness. John 3:19 says, “…the light has come into the world, and the people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.” Darkness has penetrated our nation so deeply that people have grown accustomed to it. Their eyes have adjusted to the darkness. They have adjusted to the lies, the deceit, the sin. They do not see a need for the light. So, unfortunately, they will continue to believe the lies, they will continue to be deceived, and they will continue to stumble.
I am not saying that I never stumble. I stumble daily, multiple times. But when I do, it is into the amazing mercy and grace of God. A God that will illuminate my way and redirect my path. What I want people to understand is that when you choose to live as a child of God, when you choose to allow God to be your guide, to be your lamp, or should I say, chandelier, “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5).
I was apprehensive about writing what was on my mind and expressing my thoughts on why so many people seem to be so blind to the truth. Then I realized that, yes, this may offend someone, and I may lose some friends (my hope is I do not) over the more controversial posts I have, but who knows whose soul will be won; the seed planted that God will water. And God reminded me that “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) With that scripture in mind, I changed my perspective to an eternal one; souls won to heaven are more important than friends lost on earth. Part of my job as a Christian is bringing people to the light. And what was brought to my attention during a conversation over coffee with a very dear friend, is that maybe it’s just not the right time for someone to receive the light; and the other part of my job is to pray for that person, pray that God would soften their hearts to receive His light. My hope in writing this post is that people will be compelled to come out of the darkness and into the light. That they will welcome the most magnificent light in the universe; a light where comfort, peace and joy reside no matter what the circumstances. A light that helps you find your way through the darkness that no chandelier will ever be able to, no matter how bright and beautiful. So, I will pray for God to soften hearts to receive His light. And I will pray for this nation to turn back to God; to turn His light back on.