My back patio is my place to relax – mostly because that is the place Leo likes for me to be so he can explore and enjoy the outdoors. So I have tried to make it comfortable. My rocking chair is there along with a fire pit and an array of colorful, blooming flowers. It really is a great place to be at the end of a long day. One of my favorite additions is the string of lights. That doesn’t sound like much or really a big deal. But these big bulbs cast such a comforting light at night that I look forward to turning them on. My ordinary back porch becomes an entirely different place when the sun goes down and the lights come on. It is welcoming and inviting. I am amazed at how much a few lights can change things. Lighting really does matter.
The light that guides our path matters too. So many times, we don’t realize what or who we are allowing to guide us. We don’t stop to consider what we are using to illumine our way and our lives. We can think we are following the right way – at least until we look around and notice it really is quite dark and doesn’t look at all where we should be.
I think of how John describes Jesus as the light. He is the light in a dark world. He allows us to see the way. He is our ultimate guide in a land where we would otherwise stumble and fall. He shows us the right direction. But this also means we need to look to him. We need to have him as our light. We need to seek him. He gives us all we need, we don’t always recognize it. The light of Jesus will always lead us to a life of love. It will always be about loving God and loving others – always. So if our path doesn’t lead us there, we may want to consider what is lighting our way. God’s light is the light of love.
3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
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