How Bright Is Your Light?

While sitting and praying in tongues, I opened my Bible and came to Proverbs 4:18-19.  “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.  The way of the wicked is like deep-darkness, they do not know what they stumble over. ”

I kept praying in tongues and a situation that occurred the evening before came to my remembrance. I had peeled some potatoes in preparation for potato salad.  It was already dark when I finished and not wanting to discard the peelings off my back deck, where it would most probably attract a skunk or two, I ventured outside to pitch them a little farther down my driveway. 

I already had my bedroom shoes on, so I needed to borrow a pair of shoes that I could easily slide on and then remove again when I returned to the house.  I slipped on my sixteen-year-old son’s tennis shoes and dragged his size 13 shoes down the garage steps, through the garage, and out to the driveway to toss the peelings.  It seemed like an easy task, but the light from the garage only stretched so far.  It did not shine to the corner where our drive began to straighten.  It didn’t shine on the uprooted azaleas that were plopped there on that corner about 6 weeks ago.  It took a few seconds for my brain to decipher what in the world I had snagged, but it finally came to me:  the azaleas!

Well, needless to say, as I trudged forward my left foot advanced, but my right foot hung on the first azalea.  The shoe came off, I stumbled forward, and to add to the drama, our friendly and fun-loving Golden Retriever decided to investigate what was going on.  I had to raise the peelings up because Neo tried to sniff to see what I had in the bowl for him. At the same time, with my other hand, I fumbled to find Nathaniel’s shoe before the “retriever” found it and took off with it.  It was cloudy, about 8:00 P.M., and the borrowed tennis shoe was solid, you guessed it, black.  I felt around for what seemed like several minutes, but was actually about thirty seconds.  I located the shoe, replaced it on my foot, and finished the chore that I had set out to do. 

I returned to the house thinking, “That was quite an ordeal and all I simply wanted to do was to dump some potato peelings!”  I now see why I was allowed to experience this unusual happening.  It is a perfect analogy of Proverbs 4:18-19.  The light inside me must shine out brighter and brighter to reveal the stumbling places, “uprooted shrubs”, in myself and also in those with whom I have a relationship.  In doing so, I will help others prevent stumbling or fumbling in the dark with one shoe on and one shoe off, and they can help to shine on areas in my life where my light does not shine bright enough yet to expose the solid black tennis shoe, on a pitch-black night.  I asked myself, “Am I letting my light shine brighter and brighter until it is full day, or am I stumbling and fumbling, wasting my time searching for something illusive like a black-as-night tennis shoe in the night?” 

Although it is true I let my light shine in some areas, what about those pain-filled areas of my life?  What about those hidden secret places where I have not allowed even myself to acknowledge?  Where is your light shining?  Is it even shining at all?  I encourage you as I encourage myself, keep praying in tongues, keep in His word, and let His light shine in you and through you.     

~Lisa Brannen

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