Light is pretty awesome stuff. Electromagnetic radiation visible to the human eye, responsible for our sense of sight. Kinda cool. The bible is pretty big on it too – similarly cool.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” Isaiah 9:2
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14
“And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
When I was younger my dad took me to see Lizard Lighthouse in Cornwall. It’s a pretty amazing creation. Built in 1619 to guide ships vessels passing through the English Channel. Its purpose, to shine out in the darkness and save lives. How? A small light, reflected by a load of mirrors to magnify it so it can be seen from miles away. Pretty neat huh.
Edith Wharton said “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
Jesus was only one guy 2000 years ago. A single candle in the darkness. So how can he be seen now?
Individually, we can’t do much at all – a lighthouse with only one mirror is pretty useless. but a stick a load of mirrors together and you’ve got yourself something that can be seen from miles around. We’re the same. Our purpose is to reflect the light of God, and together, as a fellowship in Christ, it can be seen far brighter than if we try to reflect it just by ourselves.
So I guess that’s why I’m writing this blog. To be one of those mirrors, to reflect a little bit of God’s light, and to encourage others to reflect it too.
I wrote this introduction half a year ago, before all of the mess that has painted itself over my life since. I’m still the same person; the depression and everything that has come with it hasn’t changed that, just perhaps a little older and wiser. But I still want to be one of those mirrors – to reflect a little bit of God’s light by telling others about how it shines in the darkness in my life. I want to encourage others to reflect it too, just as I do no matter what situation we find ourselves in.
This is just part of my story and it isn’t finished yet.