Simple Definition of lighthouse: a tower with a powerful light that is built on or near the shore to guide ships away from danger
At night, I find myself reaching over to turn on a lamp. It brings light into the room and it helps me to see things better. As I reach into my soul, I find that Jesus brings light into my soul. A new way of seeing things and turning the ugly parts of life into brightness.
God has redeem each of us for a better life. We no longer live in the dark but in the light. There is a new way of thinking in the now.
John 8:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
THE LIGHTHOUSE ~
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world".
There are times in life when it hard to believe. We see so much sorrow around us and things just keep going bad. That's the way I felt the year my brother (Ronnie) died on Christmas morning. He was 37 years old and way too young. That same day I heard words from someone how she wished Ronnie would die soon, so they could go home to their families. Others agreed with her that day and I told them to leave the hospital now. How sad is it when someone you thought cared, was wishing to be gone. So my attitude at 32 years old, was this: BE GONE. I didn't see any light in this situation at all and my heart became angry. Angry to point of quitting church and loosing myself. Going home to open Christmas presents with two small children and bringing some light into their world. They were sad and we had to make the best of it.
I told you this story today because sometimes in life, we see someone from a different point of life. I had someone tell me how strong I am and how much faith I have. Yet, it seemed that my faith failed that day on Christmas morning years ago. I took it personal and I didn't know how to deal with it. I didn't have a mentor to call or to lean on. But I did have my mom, my family and friends who pulled together during a broken place in our hearts. I find myself teaching about those days in my thirties. How hard it was and how far God has brought me in 30 more years. Hard to believe that I am 61 year old now. I know the walk of faith is not easy and I know that God was always there. I know that people are people and will say things.
LIGHT THE WAY ~ JESUS
I don't know everything and I continue to learn daily. Asking Jesus to take the wheel of my life and keep me not he straight path. Years have come and years have gone, but I truly do find that Jesus is the answer. My source of strength and a light unto my path.
Each of us go through things that we share with others and we don't share. A time of wanting someone to hear our hearts and wishing things were different. I know this happens and I know that I have wished for things too. It's actually not about wishing, but about praying. God cares and things negative plus positive will happen to each of us. Jesus is the light we need to see. Easter has come and gone but Jesus was sent for each of us.
John 3:16 New International Version (NIV)For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
God gave us a light. A bright light named Jesus and it's our choice to read about him, believe in him and live for him. Many people do not believe and this path is dark. I see a lighthouse as Jesus saying let me guide your life. Let me help you see the way and believe. I know that I once felt lost but I don't feel that way anymore. I finally grew up and continue to grow up daily. I choose to read the word of God, read books and plant hope daily. I choose to live by faith and not sight on somethings. I believe Jesus works behind the scenes of our lives for greater!
What do you need to surrender to God and let it go? It takes deep breath and talking to God. I remember saying this to God, "I can't deal with this anymore and I need your to bring light into my heart. The light being Jesus and the hope of today". It's not always easy my friends to trust in God or believe big. Your situation might seem so overwhelming and it's crazy hard. But I know this, even in my crazy hard times of life, I look back to see how God protected me from myself. My wondering life a ship out on the sea and not being able to see the lighthouse. That one light that I so needed and yet he was guiding me the complete time.
I learned as a child to have FAITH. I plant that one message within my heart and it stays. I didn't grow up in church on a regular bases, but only once in a while. That once in a while brought a message of faith and what God did within the Bible days but he can do that now. Miracles happen and faith arises! I pray right now for you who reads this, your family and friends. God let HOPE arise and let MIRACLES take place. You are the same of yesterday and wanted even greater things for us. Help us to believe big and keep the light shining as a guide for our lives. Even in times of unbelief, helps us to believe! God thank you for this blog, the readers of this blog and works of hope this day. AMEN
I am not the same person I was in my 30's my friends. I have gone through much in life and still find Jesus as a light to my soul. He wants us to surrender our will to his will. Things work out and miracles still happen, I've seen them!
My prayers continue of you, your family and friends!