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I Saw the Light!

          It was just a passing comment; “I wish Judah’s breast collar had a hook instead of a buckle.   It would be so much easier to attach.”  That was it.  The full extent of a statement made in front of a barn full of other horseback riders.  It wasn’t unique or unusual, I didn’t put any particular emphasis on what I was saying, I just said it.  In fact, I had probably forgotten I said it before I rode Judah out of the barn and toward the trail. 

           The next morning, as I reached under Judah’s belly to attach the leather strap to her girth, there was a hook.  When I looked up in astonishment,  I was told someone I had just met fixed it for me.

          And I saw the light.
  

          A hot ham and cheese sandwich was what everyone wanted when we stopped at a restaurant in a busy part of town.  The waitress was asking a male customer if he needed anything and we were shocked to hear him scold her for sorry service and bad food.  She looked embarrassed when she saw our expressions, but came to our table with a smile on her face.  

          Her demeanor did not change, even when she returned to the man’s table to bring him another glass of tea.  She kept her smile.  She kept her cool.  She kept her customers.

          And I saw the light.

           If I had only looked a little closer, a little longer, at all the words written on the school website, I might have found the answer I needed.  But it was storming outside, and before I drove my son all the way across town, I wanted to make sure the Back to School Bash was still on tap.  As hot summer days gave way to cool August nights, classes were set to begin in just three days.  The phones had to be ringing constantly as new students, parents, teachers and delivery service personnel verified important information.  I knew the administrative assistant would probably be feeling overworked, but I still needed a quick answer to my question.  When she picked up the phone, I could hear in her voice that she was smiling.  She could have been short, stressed and irritated, but she was sweet, kind and helpful.

           And I saw the light.

          Yesterday, I called (weeks later than I should have) to make reservations for an event that almost always sells out.  I already knew the main section was full and I would be lucky if we could still squeeze into a less desirable spot.  The precious woman, who tirelessly coordinates all the visitors and their various requests, told me they were rearranging some things and the owner had reserved our spots…all I needed to do was send a deposit.

         And, I’m telling you,

                    I SAW THE LIGHT!

           Every day, we get a chance to be light in the darkness.  It’s a chance and it’s a choice.  Too often, I add to the darkness with my bad mood or attitude.  But we are called to step up higher…to lift each other up…encourage each other…to overlook offenses…to give anonymously…to choose kindness over criticism…to choose patience over anger…to choose to do something nice and kind just because it’s the right thing to do.  

           I’m sure I could find bigger examples, more impressive ways I’ve seen the light lately.  But after each of these things happened, I stopped and thought about the fact that the people had made a conscious choice to be kind. It’s usually not those in great positions of wealth and power who impact our every day lives…it’s often the people we meet in traffic…at school…at work…at home. 

 We are light.  We don’t have to be, but we can choose to be. 

And then we get to be!

 “You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:14

 “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”  

Matthew 5:16

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.

Live as children of light.”

Ephesians 5:8

 

“This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine…”

Ha ha just kidding you can stop singing now. 😉

 

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Comments on: "I Saw the Light!" (8)

  1. Wow, Annette. Thank you! I am reblogging this for sure. It is so easy to focus on the darkness and I don’t know I’m doing it when I do, but girl when I am faced with “fools” who treat me wrong, it’s hard to smile and be the Light. It’s easy when the world’s doing what I believe it “should” be doing. Scripture didn’t say I should be the Light of Christ when people treat me well . . . I was only told to love them and be the Light. I’m glad I don’t get loved by the Lord based on what I deserve . . . Great message here!

    • God help us if any of us got what we deserved. 🙂 After I wrote this post I bought Joel Osteen’s new book “Every Day a Friday” and it is full of stories of how to be the light when you are hit upside the head with darkness. 🙂 Hang in there sister. God is blessing you!

  2. Reblogged this on In Love With The Lord and commented:
    Please read this and see the Light! Amazing message . . . so simple yet so easily missed!

  3. Vanessa Clayborn said:

    The simplest of lessons is ranked with some of the biggest blessings. Thank you for another gentle reminder. I choose to look for the sun or enjoy my walk in the rain. God’s goodness is in every detail of every day, and I want to see it. To keep the blinders (caused by people who pull out in traffic, give me their irritated tone, or work in dishonesty) off and know He has something for me if I’ll just look. I have a sweet uncle who used to say “if you’re looking for a snake, you’ll find one.” I’m often amazed about people who constantly complain or see the negative. I think to myself “you’re looking for the snake – look for the sun instead!!” On the flip side, if we’re looking for a light, we’ll see one. God has them planted all along our path. I pray the eyes of my heart stay open to see them, to follow them, to give praise for them. Thank you again, Annette, for being used of God and being a light to so many.

    • Close to bedtime every night my son would tell you I’m pretty mean. 🙂 I was reading yesterday where Jesus told his disciples that their peace would return to them if they went to someone’s home and they were not welcomed. I’ve always thought that story meant to walk away if things didn’t go as you had hoped. But the study I was reading yesterday explained it to mean if you don’t lose your peace in the midst of someone being ugly to you then peace will come back to you later as a reward. I thought it was an interesting interpretation of scripture. It’s not always easy to be a light and I find that I am more often ugly when I’m blindsided. But the harder we try and the more we look for the light in others the closer we are to our completion. I treasure your comments Vanessa. You are truly a light yourself!

  4. Caddo Veil said:

    Oh, I got convicted here! Recently I had a choice whether to be critical or let it go–I felt I had the “right’ to criticize, after all, I was “always” being the “light”! Boy oh boy–well, thank you Jesus, for forgiveness and mercy and grace, and “no condemnation”. And thank you so much for “This little light of mine”–I LOVE that song so much, and will probably be singing/humming it as I die (it’s Not just for kids!!). God bless you so abundantly–love, sis Caddo

    • Right after I finished the post, I drove into the city and was trying to merge into traffic on the Interstate. I slowed to let one car pass, and then with two to three car lengths of space available, I put on my blinker and began to merge. As soon as I did, a young man in a sports car, closed the gap as fast as he could, forcing me to jerk back out of the lane to keep from hitting him. I don’t normally let traffic situations upset me as we live in a big city and poor drivers are often the norm. But the fact that he had to do it intentionally made me laugh at how quickly my little light could have burned out. 🙂 Oh, but for the grace of God go any of us. Thanks for your comments sis Caddo. I learn as much from everyone’s comments as anyone probably ever learns from a post. 🙂

      • Caddo Veil said:

        That’s the great blessing of these blogs–plenty of sharing, learning, encouraging. God is definitely HERE–it’s a lifeline for those of us who are pretty much home bound! God bless you, Sis!! love, sis Caddo

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