Illuminated

There’s a song that I can’t stop listening to. And oh, the irony… it’s called “Over And Over Again” by I Am They. I strongly encourage you to listen to it while you read on! The lyrics of this song keep hitting some pretty tender spots of my heart.

They also bring to my mind a few verses from the Bible.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’” – Epheshians 5:8-14 (NIV)

We used to be children of darkness, but now we are children of light. We used to live to please ourselves, but now we live to please our Father in Heaven. We used to hide in the shadows of our sin, but now we expose even the deepest parts of our hearts to His light. And when we do, something amazing happens. It’s visible, illuminated. The light overwhelms the darkness, driving it away. And as Ephesians 5:13 says, everything illuminated becomes a light. That struggle, that negativity, that cycle we used to live in becomes a powerful testimony, a beacon of hope, a light to bring freedom to those still in bondage.

I was driving home Sunday evening, and as the darkness began to settle over the land, I saw a light shining in the distance, fading quickly and returning again. I realized it was the local lighthouse, and was reminded that the light doesn’t just shine for those lost at sea. It also shines for those of us on dry land. We are all in need of His illuminating light.

We need to open our eyes to see the light. We need to wake up from our slumber, rise up out of our dead places, and let Christ’s light shine on us. There’s no need to manufacture the light on our own; we get to be mirrors, reflecting His light, love, and grace.

It’s so easy to revert back to old habits, let our hands hang limp, and allow laziness into our relationship with the Lord. Even when we fall asleep, it’s important to remember that we serve a God who never sleeps or slumbers.

“I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you – the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” – Psalm 121 (NIV)

He is there, watching over us. He’s waiting patiently for us to wake up, eager to spend time with us. Why? Because He’s a personal God. He made us, and we are His. His love for us is unfailing and unconditional.

It’s my prayer today that we wake up, fix our eyes on Jesus, and let His light shine on the dark places in our lives. May we trust that His love and His mercy will find us, no matter where we go.

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