The Light is On

I have very poor eyesight. Without my contact lenses or eyeglasses, everything is just a blur of colors and fuzzy shapes. Recently my cornea was scratched when something blew in my eye and became trapped under my contact lens. In order for the cornea to heal, I cannot wear my contacts, so I’ve been wearing my glasses.

Last night at church, I was holding my almost 3-year-old grandson and he said to me, “Grandma, take off your glasses.” I told him that if I took them off I wouldn’t be able to see. His reply? “Yes, you will. See, the light is on,” as he pointed to the light overhead. My ability to see was so simple to him – if you use the light you can see.

This has gotten me to thinking. As Christians, we sometimes feel like living the Christian life is complicated, difficult or confusing. Every day is filled with so many decisions, big and small. Life is very fast-paced, hardly giving us a chance to think through our choices.¬†We often make snap decisions based on a gut feeling or just on what we desire. Who has the time to spend examining every choice and its possible outcomes or consequences? In essence, many times we are walking through life seeing only blurs of color and fuzzy images. Other times we think we’re seeing clearly, only to find out we’ve been operating in the dark.

The solution to our lack of sight is actually quite simple. As my grandson said, “You can see. See, the light is on.” We need to be sure the “light” is on in our lives. Jesus is the light of the world. If we want to see clearly, we must know Him and walk in the light of His Word. Those decisions we’re faced with on a daily basis? They become much easier to make when we know Jesus and how He wants us to live. Years ago, the acronym WWJD was really big. What would Jesus do? If we know Jesus and know what His Word, the Bible, says, then when we face decisions and ask ourselves what would Jesus do, it’s amazing how often we will know exactly what to do.

Is life complicated, difficult or confusing? Are you finding it hard to decide which way to go when faced with choices big and small? Is it hard to see clearly the path to take? Trust me. You can see. The light is always on. The light of the world is there, waiting for you to allow Him to show you the way. He’ll light the path for you – just take the time to look up.

 

Taking Flight

ButterflyHave you ever watched a butterfly? They’re beautiful, but they don’t make much sense. They flit and flot from plant to plant, never staying very long at each one. Their flight appears very erratic, as if they have no idea where they’r flying off to, but they can’t wait to get there. As they fly, they go up, down and around, but never in a straight line. Still, we watch them, mesmerized by their flight, wondering where they will land next.

Sometimes I feel like a butterfly. My life seems to have no course plotted. I find myself flitting and flotting from one thing to the next, with no real destination or goal in mind. My life seems to be controlled by each circumstance I encounter, causing me to light for a little while here, then a little while there – a haphazard way of living. I have to wonder, is this what God wants for me? Is this what God wants for you? I know one thing. If I were to live my life like this all the time, I would get to the end of it with a feeling that I had squandered my time here.

I know that God has put me on this earth for a purpose and that He has only given me a certain number of days. I want to make the most of the time He has given me. Flitting and flottting, jumping from one thing to another won’t help me do that. If I am to achieve my goal of serving God and becoming like Jesus, then I need to fly in a straight line. The goal must always be within my line of sight and in the forefront of my mind. Even when I encounter life’s inevitable detours, with the goal in sight I can get right back on track.

To achieve my goal, I have to practice intentional living. Daily, I need to remind myself of the goal, and then plan my day so that by the end of it , I am a little closer to what I desire. Even life’s interruptions and unexpected events can be used to propel me closer to my goal. These interruptions give me opportunities to practice things like patience, kindness, forgiveness, grace, mercy and love, all of which will help to transform me in ways that will make me more like Jesus.

This life is the training ground God has prepared for me, the place of transformation, filled with opportunities to serve God and to share Him with those I meet. Time’s a wasting. I’m done flitting and flotting. My eyes are open and focused on the goal – my flight plan is intentional. I’m ready to soar. How about you?