My husband is a creature of the dark. I no longer enjoy eating at certain restaurants because he hates the way the pin point lighting bothers him. We had to purchase new stand up torchiere lamps for our home because the bright bulbs on the ceiling fan gave him a headache. Through his eyes, I have learned that too much light is not only blinding, it’s painful.
My man’s aversion to too much light came to mind today as I was reading in the Gospels. God calls on me to be a “light to the world” so that others may see Him more clearly:
“No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer.
It’s put on a lamp stand
so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going.
Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body.
If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief,
your body fills up with light.
If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust,
your body is a dank cellar.
Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning,
so you don’t get musty and murky.
Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”
Luke 11: 33-36, MSG
I read this passage with a different mindset — I pictured what my husband would define as “well-lighted.” The light should allow you to see things more clearly. but it should be comfortable and inviting, not stark and repelling. I was reminded of the song I sang in childhood, “This little light of mine…” It doesn’t say “This floodlight of mine…” I need to stay connected to Him, the Light of the world, and ask Him to keep my bright light burning — at a level that others find attractive, not offensive.
Q4U: How do you let your little light shine? Can you relate to my husband’s aversion to the light?
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