Be Still but Keep Walking with LIGHT, 24AUG
You’ve seen those summertime moths being drawn to the light from within the house, or to a lamppost?… The floodlight outside my childhood home was flooded with big moths, the biggest mosquito looking bugs, and anything that mistakenly thought they were following the path to daylight… The spiders knew too, and set up shop, ready for the catch of the season, yum! And at camp in the wilderness, the swarm around the spotlights was unparalleled… Thicket of fluttering lost moths, many dead by morning… Sad… Lost… Returned to dust…
What these moths didn’t realize was that the artificial light was merely distraction and became busywork, not a true calling… They often get burned out by busyness.
Are we burned out by busyness? We are drawn to flickering lights of life on this earth too. We are distracted and reach for excitement, as if we are following lights to a carnival. But when the temporary carnivals of life pack up and go, dimming their lights at dawn, where are we? Moths confused, bewildered, exhausted… We need to not burnout…
True LIGHT comes from within, likely you already know this, feel this, love this… Prayerfully I hope you can feel this LIGHT, focus on it giving you direction and purpose. Yes life holds great purpose… And God gave us true skills and purpose.
The gurus of the earth remind us to love the LIGHT… but where can we find it? The true LIGHT of Jesus’s LOVE shines within each of us… Be Still and know… (Psalm 46)… Be Still – take time to focus, BUT do not become idle, as we are reminded to work as the whole body of the church… Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
LIGHT that is focused should stir us internally… Proverbs 31:8-9 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”
The kingdom of God is the kingdom of the heart… Chase not the external light like a wayward moth chasing aimlessly, but choose the LIGHT of Jesus.
Jesus said “the kingdom of God is in your midst.”… “23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other.” (Luke 17)
Jesus warned about distractions and enemies… He reminds us to always remain faithful, He told us to “Stand firm, and you will win life“. Luke 21:19…
Jesus said “33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21
As we start each day, may we know God, may we pray to hear His voice. May we look eternally internally to His kingdom of all our hearts… Life’s busy, distracting, and full – but let’s Be Still and follow the right true LIGHT… Let’s be filled with LIGHT.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.