Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Frame Within the Frame

-- From within dark and damp decay inside a hollow tree trunk, an unexpected light caught my attention. Changing my angle for a closer look, I discovered a favorite thing--a frame within the frame. The leafy light that filtered into the rotting tree was all the brighter for the surrounding dark inside. It glowed warm and soft despite the chill of the day and the winter white light of the hazy sun.
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 TNIV
Today, I had to change my angle of observation to look for the frame within the frame of my life. When I looked for it, there it was--light shining in the darkness. While I felt somewhat surrounded by evidence of decay and diminishing joy, God gave me opportunities to speak His encouragement to people who needed His touch. In shining His light into dark moments of a very mundane day, His bright, warm glow sparkled back all over me!
"The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out." John 1:5, The Message
I pray for you that His Life-Light would blaze from your heart as a frame within the frame and that the darkness would never be able to put it out!
How do you let your light shine?

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