Laying in my hammock has become a treasured time for me. I go out early in the morning and lay there as the sun comes up. I worship, talk to God, meditate on scripture, listen to the birds and watch the squirrels. I have had some true quality time with God there in my hammock.
Yesterday morning there was a break in the clouds as the sun rose. I lay there with the sun coming up behind me looking across the yard. My property line is lined with some tall pine trees. As the sun came up the tall trunks seemed to glow with an orange glow. Every branch in the tree lit up with an orange glow. It was very beautiful. I immediately thought of the verse that declares, “… may the Lord make His face to shine upon you.” Those trees reflecting the beautiful glory of the rising sun.
I was reminded of an illustration that preachers, and I, have used before. How the moon does not produce light on its own but simply reflects the light of the sun. We make the point that we too should reflect the light of The Son. Our Father, God.
NO! It seemed like a loud scream inside of me. No! This is not true! I recalled all the sermons I had been preaching lately from John chapters 14-16. All those verses where Christ declares that the Spirit will be in us. How Christ Himself will actually be in us! (see especially 14:16,17,20,23).
You see, we do not reflect light from an outside source. We are to shine with a light from an inside source. We have the Spirit of Light living in us! We are to shine not reflect.
We don’t reflect light …. We are light! Let it shine! He tells us that he didn’t light us to hide us. He wants to put us on the lamp stand so that we can give light to the world! Too often I find myself trying to reflect light instead of allowing the light to shine! I have to stop hiding it under a basket and let it shine!
Shine today. Wherever you are, shine! I don’t have to be the trees, I can shine the light of the sun! That’s amazing!
I don’t know. I’m just a guy … who likes his hammock … and is trying to shine. That’s just the way I see it.