Dancing in the Light
A couple years ago a friend gifted me with a small plastic penguin with a solar panel on its stomach. When the penguin was placed in the light, it danced. A few weeks ago I noticed that even though the penguin had not been moved from its place in front of the south-facing window in my kitchen, it was no longer dancing.
I was reflecting today on the events of the past few weeks in the Boston area – the bombs that were planted at the end of the Boston Marathon route; the resulting devastation; the destruction of life and limbs. The trauma and amazement created by reports of the catastrophe on TV. Daily words of the on-going investigation; the car chase, the shoot-out; one suspect dead and the other on the run, then found hiding in a boat in someone’s back yard; the continuing revelation of a larger ring behind the bombing event.
Most of us by Tuesday after the bombing , had already stopped dancing.
Truly we are living in dark times. But, is there more wickedness now than in times past, or simply more exposure of the darkness, due to mass media and social net-working? Hasn’t the darkness been spreading since the first violation of God’s love in the Garden of Eden – Satan’s first attempt at achieving “godhead” and destroying life as the Creator intended it to be?
In such times of cultural darkness, I am reminded of a passage of Scripture found in the Gospel according to John, chapter one:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. . . In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5 EST)
In an earlier post I shared that a certain brand of tea which I prefer has pithy sayings on the teabag tags. One of my tags recently said, “walk in the light, take in the light, reflect the light, be the light.”
Good advice. Which I believe is what these dark times call for from followers of Christ.
- “Walk in the light”
Expose yourself to as much of the light of the Lord as you can. Get into the Scriptures. Memorize the promises of God. Study how God has always been there for His people.
Be in a place of fellowship with other believers – share problems, prayers, victories.
Keep yourself in a place of blessing from God by spending time in prayer and meditation on Scriptures; learn what they reveal about the character of God.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
- “Take in the light”
Let the light of God’s creation saturate your spirit; the beauty of His awesome designs in flowering plants, colorful birds, ocean waves, towering mountains, glorious sunsets, starlight and moonlight.
Find a private space where you spend time before the throne of God, allowing the light of His presence to penetrate your spirit.
Let the light drive out all darkness from your spirit, washing away stains, and dispelling shadows of fear, doubt and disappointment.
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6
- “Reflect the light”
It has been observed that a married couple who live together for many years, spending time together face to face, begin to look like each other – to reflect what they have observed in each other’s faces, whether peace and joy, or doom and gloom.
Keep looking at Jesus. Keep your life clean by observing His life and obeying His teachings and commands, so that your face can reflect His light.
- “Be the light”
“You are the light of the world. . . . let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt. 5:14,16
“. . . for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light . . .” Ephesians 5:8-9
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world . . .” Phil. 2:14-15
Back to my penguin in the window; I picked it up, intending to toss it into my recycle bin, when I noticed that the solar panel had a coat of dust on it. I wiped off the dust and placed the penguin back in the sunlight and it began dancing. It has been dancing ever since.
Sometimes the dust of our lives coats our solar panel and blocks out the “Son-light”. Sickness, disappointment, failed dreams, unanswered prayer, unfulfilled expectations, and tiredness, all leave their particles of dust on our spirit’s solar panel.
Jesus said to his followers: “You are already clean by the word that I have spoken to you.” John 15:3
If you find that you’ve stopped dancing, take the cloth of God’s Word (His promises), dust your solar panel, and believing Him, allow the light of the Lord to re-energize you. And, just like my little plastic penguin, you’ll find yourself once again “dancing in the light”.
PS I just checked on my plastic penguin, he wasn’t dancing. I dusted him off and immediately he began dancing. Keep yourself well dusted.
©2013, Marcy Alves