I like to spend time outdoors. I especially enjoy the sunshine. The warmth of the sun washing over me feels good. It lifts my spirits. I wanted to go spend time in the sun this morning, but it is a cloudy day. It is warm outside, but the sun is obscured. So I won’t get my dose of sunshine before work today.
As I thought about this, I was reminded of how much I enjoy the Light of the World shining on me. I like to spend time with Him out of my normal setting. I enjoy being away from the usual stresses of life and basking in the warmth of His glory. It feels good. It lifts my spirit.
Lately, the storms of life have been obscuring the Son. I have also been staying “inside” my own little space. I have not been going out and trying to find the Light. It is taking a toll on me. I have not been nearly as joyful or healthy as I should be. I need the Light of the world to shine on me.
I know what happens if I stay in the shadows. I get pale. I get more lethargic. I feel more discouraged. If I stay too long, I meet shady characters that tempt me to become a creature of darkness. I must not allow the world and its ways eclipse the light.
I need to get back into the warmth of Jesus comfort and love. I was called out of darkness. I should not be there. I was called out for a purpose. I need to be in the Light so I can declare God’s glory and praise. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9, ESV).
Jesus, I call to you for help. I leave the stresses of the world and walk toward the Light. Let me bask in your glory. Allow the warmth of your love to wash over me. Keep me from the dark places and the shadows. Let me walk in the Light and” proclaim the excellencies of him who called me out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Impress on my mind the words of this hymn.
“Tho’ clouds may gather in the sky,
And billows round me roll,
However dark the world may be
I’ve sunlight in my soul.
Sunlight, sunlight in my soul today,
Sunlight, sunlight all along the way;
Since the Savior found me, took away my sin,
I have had the sunlight of His love within.”
Thank you Jesus.