On July 4th, we went to the Nazarene Church in Branson. This was our home church while we lived there, and where our babies were dedicated. After church we went over to Pastor Jimmy and Gloria’s for lunch and sat around the table with his family regaling the kids with stories of the dumb things we did as kids, and admonishing them not to try the same. Funny thing though, I don’t recall Tim ‘fessin’ up to anything. The kids really enjoyed the conversation 😉 !
After we left their good company, we went around town doing a little bit of window shopping and then ran to Wal-Mart to get Joel a new pair of shoes (he’s now wearing the same size as Tim. Sniff, sniff… where did my babies go?) and snacks for the evening as we watched the fireworks.
We watched fireworks from a mountainside, overlooking Table Rock Lake. They were beautiful! Not only could we see the fireworks set off from The Chateau, but we were also able to watch Kimberling City’s fireworks. I apologize for no pictures – I really wish I would have taken the camera with me.
While we were sitting on top of the hill waiting for the fireworks to begin, I was able to see the hundreds of people on this particular hillside and watch as hundreds more cars were trying to make their way down to the Chateau to get a closer view. It made me think…
As people, we have a fascination with light. We will brave the horrendous traffic, hot weather, chigger bites, ticks, grumpy people and whinny children, all for about a 30 minute light show. Once the show starts ohhhhhhs and ahhhhhhs can be heard simultaneously out of the mouths of the hundreds of people watching. I started thinking that if people are drawn this much to artificial light, how much more should they be drawn the Light of the World. In John 1:4-9, John talks about Jesus coming as a light to the world, and then in John 8:12 John quotes Jesus saying that he is the light of the world. As Christians, we are to be the light of Christ, reflecting his light and glory. Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our light shine before men so that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in heaven.
Light is very important. With out light we would have no life because life cannot be sustained without it. Without Jesus – the Light of the world – we would have no eternal life and would be living in spiritual darkness. Light dispels the darkness, exposes sin, and leads us on the right path.
As I was watching the large crowds gather for the fireworks show, I wondered how many were enjoying the beauty of the fireworks without having the beauty of God’s light and glory in their hearts. It also made me do some soul-searching… do I reflect God’s light? Do I shine for him? Can people see the light of Jesus through me?
Is your Light shining today?