Lights in a “Light Place”

The following is a devotional I wrote for Ignite the Family and their monthly membership called FUEL. Each month members get emailed, direct to their inbox, written and audio content to encourage them on the parenting journey.

Am I the only person that gets surprised by how quickly lightbulbs burn out? With three young children, I think I could actually list “turning the lights off” as part of my mom “job description.” And every once in a while, it seems like every 2nd or 3rd lightbulb is out, and I need to go through the house and replace them.

When this happened on que last month, I realized I was out of bulbs and had to run to pick some up. However, this time I purchased a different kind of bulb accidentally. Instead of only soft-white, I came home with a couple of “daylight” bulbs as well. Have you ever made that mistake?

WOW! I couldn’t believe how bright the daylight bulb was! Not only was the light bright, but I made the mistake of putting it into a bathroom with all white tiles, so it actually felt like a sterile operating room! Thankfully I had plenty of soft-white bulbs and could replace it, but in other areas I realized that the bulbs were all at different wattages than the bulbs they were going next to. It was a mess!

As I went through the house rearranging bulbs and grouping them so that they looked more uniform (because apparently I’m more OCD than I realized!!), God spoke to me how it is possible to be a light in a “light place,” and how sometimes even light seems dark.

Our main hallway that we use to enter and exit our home gets ambient light from other rooms, but the soft-white bulb was never bright enough to allow me to see very well. However, replacing it with a daylight bulb made all the difference. Finally, I could see!

The Bible is full of imagery of lights and lamps. It is one of the word-pictures God has given for us to understand the significance of grounding our lives in truth. There are parables about, and references to, lamps being placed high on lamp stands and the virgins being ready for the bridegroom with oil in their lamps.

Jesus says to His disciples in Luke 11:34-36, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.

In 1 John 1:5-9 we read, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

But how do we walk in the light? How do we walk in fellowship with God? Thankfully, he has made that simple for us. Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 

Walking in the light is as simple as spending time in God’s word. Reading God’s word fills our souls with truth, and strengthens our spirit to walk boldly in that truth! When we know the truth, but shade it to fit our circumstances (putting a soft-white bulb where there needs to be a daylight bulb) we will walk in darkness. 

God is calling us to be bright lights for Him in this season. Seek Him while He may be found (Is 55:6)! Make sure your lamp is full of oil, so that you can be ready for Him to arrive in your life, in your home, in your community! Be ready to be used by Him by filling your eyes with truth!

Leaning into Him,

Christina Williams