Every night I lay in bed and see this tiny little village, high in the mountains above me. One day I need to go explore and visit it. It looks like such a spectacular spot. It is nestled under this beautiful peak and, if you look closely, you can make out a couple of huge waterfalls cascading above the town. It appears as though there are only a handful of houses. At night, it draws my attention because it lights up brilliantly. Those lights make me want to experience it for myself. I enjoy seeing it every night and every morning.
Every day I am reminded in a very tangible way of Matthew 5:14. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” It gets pretty dark in our little canyon and in the shadow of that mountain, that tiny little town consisting of just a couple of lights, sure stands out!
What an incredible reminder! Day in and day out, we are like that little town. We are surrounded by the mountains of God’s glory with all the peace and intense joy that brings. It makes the heart sing.
Even when the huge, intense storms hit and we don’t feel like shining so much, God is still there. His glory still envelops us and we still shine, reflecting His glory, making a very real impact in the darkness around us.
Day in and day out I see how this thought reverberates throughout this Camp. We come into contact with so many people through out the day; the lady at the bus stop, the man delivering the meat, the post lady, the checker at the market, the sanitation inspector. And what about that person interrupting your day or who are just being rotten to deal with for whatever reason? Just think of how many people you have seen or spoken to today! They are all opportunities for us to shine! Are all my interactions reflecting God’s light? I can certainly look back and see times when I failed. It isn’t always easy to maintain the focus towards God to make this happen. But in my life, that’s what’s needed. I have to carve out some serious time worshipping God, in spite of all the distraction pressuring me to do something else. Once that overwhelming joy is experienced, you start craving that over and over. You crave that close relationship, crave being awed at seeing His hand at work, crave experiencing His glory. “As the deer pants for water, so my soul longs after you.”
There may not be many of us and there may be times when our light isn’t so strong, or at least we feel that way. Sometimes I think we can barely muster a spark, it seems. That’s when God’s power really takes over and we make a difference. We roll back the darkness, no matter how profound it is and no matter how strong the storm is. People get a small glimpse of God’s magnificence in every interaction. Just like that little town, you can’t hide. Even if there is just one small light burning. Every one of those interactions nudges people a little closer to God. May God grant us the eyes to see His light at work around us and encourage us to put aside any distraction to stay focused on Him and His glory so we can be a good reflection.
“You are the light of the world. A town on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14, 16
“As the deer pants for water, so I long for You, O God.”