Sunday, February 28, 2016

Bread for the Journey

I have a large, picture window beside my computer desk that overlooks a wooded area.  
I watch happy little creatures busily running to and fro - 
finding food, hiding food or just chasing one another for the fun of it. 
They never fail to put a happy smile on my face.  

My husband's help was asked for recently, to try to find out why
 some of the lights in their house no longer worked. 
Flipping the breaker wasn't the solution. 
It was discovered that the problem was that squirrels 
had found a way to get into the attic 
and made themselves at home,
  building a nest in the corner and chewing through electrical cords,
effectively cutting the power needed to turn on some of the lights in the house. 

I realized that, cute and harmless though the squirrels in my backyard look, 
if they get into the wrong place they can cause a lot of trouble. 

It made me think about how many things we encounter along our daily paths 
are seemingly harmless, and we even look upon them with pleasure,
but if we give them the wrong place in our lives
 - in our priorities or our affections -
letting them distract us from things that are more important, 
they can cause a lot of problems,
causing the Light that is in us to grow dim or it no longer shines, because
 our 'power connection' has been severed.  
We lose credibility or effectiveness in our witness,
or relationships are harmed, 
or bad attitudes become a habit.  
But our God is a wonderful 'electrician'
 - He sent the Light into the world,
 to bring light into our darkness. 
If we are walking in darkness, if we have wandered from the Light,
or let something chew through the cords of our Source connection.,  
God's forgiveness and grace 'turns the light back on'!
We need only call on Him. He is available 24/7
and He makes house  heart calls.

  For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 
Psalm  18:28 
 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, 
who has shone in our hearts to give the light 
of the knowledge of the glory of God
 in the face of Jesus Christ. 
2 Corinthians 4:6