Treasure In Earthen Vessels

Discovering the Indwelling Holy Spirit

Living on the Lighter Side February 8, 2013

Blink. Blink. Blink. The electricity is off again, and I realize that I love light.

 

On a dark night in rural Oklahoma this is a life-changing event. It’s hard to see my hands in front of my face. I hurry to light a candle. All activity has ceased; the television is quiet; the treadmill still. There is nothing to light the screen on my computer—it sits dark. As I am giving thanks for the glow of the candle, I think about how much I genuinely love light.

 

Light means life. Darkness means something else—but definitely not life, as evidenced by my still, lifeless room.

 

“The entrance of your words gives light; it gives understanding unto the simple.” That’s me—I am both simple and lack understanding. And because of it, I equally love the light that comes from God’s Word, especially when it brings the understanding of a newfound truth into my hungering heart.

 

I can’t seem to get enough of it. It’s like trying to thread a needle, or remove a sticker underneath my skin, or read the small print on a medicine bottle—I cannot get too much light. So it is with God’s light—I am in no danger of getting too much.

 

I continually pray for more light from His Word. But then God has a purpose when He dispenses light. The Bible says that God sent His Son “to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”

 

Later, Jesus turned to His followers and said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.

 

I hear the call to be a light-spreader. Millions still live without the Light of World. “God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light.” As I sit here in the quiet of my dim surroundings, I wonder how people could love darkness. Why would anyone choose to live there?

 

Truth is life-giving light to hearts dwelling in unlit places. Even a trace is glorious and calls for celebration of a joy-gift from God.

 

I think of how my dark room needs life-giving light tonight—just like God’s dark world. His plan has always been to fill His children with that life-giving light and send them out into the darkness to spread it around. It seems only fair that the Master Light-Giver would expect a yield from His investment of light in my life.

 

Am I willing to share the light given to me? Does God want to use me to reach those living in the shadows of death? Do I even see them sitting there—over on the darker side? Is it possible that the light shining from my life could guide some lost soul to the path of peace? Is it bright enough to be seen? Bright enough to show anyone the way to the lighter side?

 

Dear Lord, help me love light even more. Help me be a light-spreader—by speaking light to those I meet today; by living light so those who see me see You; by writing light so others can read and understand. May the light You invest in me not be in vain.

 

And Lord, would You help my electricity to come back on soon, since I really do prefer living on the lighter side! ~ Janie Kellogg

 

Psalm 119:130 (NKJ); John 3:19(NLT); Luke 1:79 (NLT); John 20:21 (NLT)

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6 Responses to “Living on the Lighter Side”

  1. gwbarnGary Says:

    I smiled when I read this. I even go outside in the sunshine to get more light sometime.

  2. I agree! I also love light and position myself anywhere in the house where the light floods through. I really appreciate the humbleness in your writing. Be blessed.

    • Thank you for your kind comment! WOW, what a great concept….positioning ourselves where the light floods through can also apply spiritually. God bless you. I’m trying to check out your website, but for some reason I am having trouble getting to it. I look forward to reading some of your posts. Thanks again!

  3. Jimmy Kellogg Says:

    Just found and read “The Lighter Side”. No better way to discribe the truth of and from God. It just comes and understanding comes and WE CAN SEE. I think this is what happens when we are called to be the recipient of truth and Light. No one comes to God unless the Spirit calls him. The light of understanding and the call of the Spirit comes and our response should be surrender to God. As we grow we RECIEVE light and truth and we grow. Ultimately we are changed by receiving light and we become more and more like Jesus in nature, character and love. Good paper. Love you. JIM K

    • Thank you for the great comment! So well put and I totally agree. We are called to the “Light.” Many are called, but only few are chosen, because we refuse the truth of God’s Word. I am so thankful for His mercy and grace toward me by granting first light and then understanding. Without them, we’d all be lost. Love you too.


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