Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Let There Be Light
By Micky Wolf
With great anticipation, we plugged in the new lamps and turned on the lights. The soft, gold glow enveloped our family room. Smiling, we sat down, grateful and thankful we had been able to replace the old, worn furniture, end tables, and carpet with new. Glancing around the room, the memories of my struggles with applying a fresh coat of paint to the walls were now but faded recollections.
My beloved and I are not professional interior designers by a long shot. Nonetheless, we knew we had to proceed with some sense of organization. Things had to match or complement, and certainly the painting had to be done before putting down the new carpet.
All of which has led to me reflect on the ways God may choose to remodel—restore—you and me.
Each step of our project was the result of studying and researching products, costs, and installation. From the very beginning, everything was considered in light of the end result. Time and energy spent on preparation far exceeded the real time it took to decide on the various items. Additionally, much of this work went on behind the scenes, so to speak.
The same is true of God. While God’s ways are not our ways, He still maintains order throughout a healing and restoration process. It may not feel that way to us—faster, less uncomfortable?—nonetheless, He knows what is best.
When we try to make things happen our way, in our time, we usually end up with a mess on our hands. And while it may be true He can sort out most anything, wouldn’t it be more loving—and often less painful for others and ourselves—if we let Him be God?
Piece by piece…
Or, how about peace by peace?
We weren’t the only ones involved with bringing this project to completion, which meant we needed to be flexible with other people and schedules. Given the economy in recent years, many manufacturers do not carry large inventories. As a result, it is important to be patient. In our youth (chronologically as well as spiritually) we likely would not have done so well with this part of the process.
Trusting God and being patient with the work He is doing within our hearts may seem to be mysterious at best, ineffective or inconsequential at worse. Not so. The more we can let go and let Him stretch, tweak, polish and nudge, the greater the likelihood we will awake in a moment of revelation, deeply aware a transformation has occurred. Somehow, in some way, we have become more whole and holy—in our thoughts, feelings, Christ-like choices and actions.
The lamps in our room were the finishing touch. Why? With textures, styles and colors in place, these items (decorators refer to them as accessories) would not only be a lovely accent, but more importantly, would serve to light the surroundings. Whether we are in the room to read or relax, alone or with others, they do far more than sit there as pretty things to look at.
And so the essence of God’s presence within you and me. The Divine has not placed us among the families, communities, or workplaces we inhabit just for the fun of it, or because we are to be something nice to look at while sitting on the shelf or occupying space.
God goes about His work of restoration moment by moment, day in and day out, so that you and I might bring the Light of His Truth and Love into a world of darkness and shadows. By allowing Him to transform us, He can shine, offering hope to those who are disenfranchised, discouraged, or disillusioned.
Regardless of where we are on our unfolding journey, here’s the good news: God knows exactly what is broken, faded, tattered or worn—or, for that matter, the person who has yet to be plugged in.
All of which means He will never ignore or turn away anyone with the tiniest desire for refreshment or restoration.
So, where are you at this hour?
In the dark?
Sitting, looking pretty?
Light shining, helping others along the way?