Let Your Light Shine
I was watching National Geographic last night and they were showing a nature show on the Smokey Mountains. I get engrossed in programs that show nature and the wonders of God's creation. Even if the ones who created the show do not attribute it to Him.
Towards the end of the program they were talking about fireflies and how, during the fall, they are the star attraction to the park. Come to find out, it is only the males that light up and it is to attract the females. As the male is flying around, all the males that are flying in that area synchronize their little bursts of light to attract any females that are around. Evidently they need to shine in a spectacular manner because their mating season is only for three weeks and then they die.
My cell mate and I got to talking about other things that shine like that. The program came back from commercials and said that they called this phenomenon "bio-luminescence." They showed some mushrooms that did the same thing. My cell mate and I came up with a couple of others. Jellyfish live in the ocean and have their own luminescence. He said that there was also a plankton (he thought that is what it was) that grew in the Pacific Ocean and showed up in the waves during certain times of the year. When it washed up on the shores, if you stepped in it you could see your footprint light up.
I got to thinking about our lives and, as Christians, we should be bio-luminescent also. We should have life-light shining through us to the lost and dying world. Isn't that what Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16? He said:
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand,
and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine
before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to
your Father who is in heaven." (ESV)
I know that in my own life, little things seem to get my attention and I forget to get involved more in other people's lives. It seems like the days and years drag out and I am not accomplishing anything. Then I get glimpses of eternity and I realize that our lives are a lot like the fireflies. We have this little bit of time to shine in the dark and then we are gone.
Did you notice that Jesus equated our "light" to our "good works?"
I am praying that the things I am doing today bring glory to my Father in heaven.
Just like the little fireflies.