Be the Light

“It is not good for man to be alone.”  These are the words of God in Genesis 2:18.

These words kept running through my mind yesterday.

God set this precedent, it’s up to us to fight to keep it in place.

What am I talking about?

I went to a medical procedure with my daughter this week.  Upon arrival I was told I could not accompany her.  I chose to make a few calls and press my way in.  Once I was seated in the waiting room, I looked around at the faces of the dozens of people in there for procedures, alone and afraid.

People need people.  God said so in Genesis.

Eccl. 4:9-12 says, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.  For if they fall, one will lift up his companion.  But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?  Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.  And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Many things about these past few months have disturbed me, but nothing more than seeing people go through medical procedures alone.  Or worse, die alone.  I do not agree, and I will not ever agree.  We need one another. Especially when we are facing a crisis.

As Ecclesiastes says, two are better than one.  We can lift one another up.  We are not alone when we fall down.  We keep each other warm.  We empower one another.  There are many reasons we need one another, much more than the ones I have listed.  I cannot count the times a friend has lifted me up.  Or a loving touch has comforted me.  The world we live in today is trying to take that away – we cannot let that happen.  WE NEED ONE ANOTHER.

It’s funny to me that I am even writing this.  I have always considered myself a loner – I was wrong.  I need people.  I need to see their smiles.  I need their conversations, their input in my life.  I need their touch…their love.

Beyond that, I need to be there for others.  To comfort and encourage.  To give hope.  To let them know I am for them.  It’s important to me.  It should be important to all of us.

Please do not allow this season or the rampant fear to stop you from connecting to people.  Please don’t allow the ‘guidelines’ to stop you from reaching out and loving others.  Please don’t allow anxiety to replace your beautiful smile or your compassion.  The world needs you.  You are the light they are looking for.  You have the touch of God they are seeking.

I realize it is important to do our part to keep others safe. I get that.  However, we cannot isolate ourselves from people and remain a light to the world.

Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

The Passion Translation says it like this; Our lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.

OUR lives light up the world.  I have never seen a time when that light was needed more.  Today, let your light shine.  Be kind to someone.  Bless someone.  Hug someone who needs a hug.  Smile!  Encourage!  Uplift!  Be the light.

 

Meditate on this:

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:24-26

 

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