becoming the woman God needs me to be
When you wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and you flip the switch… you hate the light. You squint. You stumble. You think to yourself, “I know my bathroom. Next time I’m going to figure this out in the dark.” But I challenge you tomorrow morning when you’re supposed to wake up, to keep the lights off and pick out your clothes in the dark, shower in the dark, and put on your makeup in the dark. (post a picture of this failed experiment if you dare).
However the light does so much more than ensure socks match and eyeliner is on straight:
In addition to the litany of reasons outlined above there are much more personal reasons why I am thankful for the light.
God says yes. And contrary to popular culture, I do not think love is blind.
Love is light. It sees through the darkness. Through the literal darkness… in a moment… in the woods… or in a room. But more importantly light sees through the darkness in all of us. Love does not ignore the darkness. It illuminates it so you can see something for what it really is… and love it anyway. We have a purpose. And the funny thing is that our purpose… is to be the light. And the way to be the light… is by loving others. Unconditionally.
So today God, thank you for light. For creating it and recreating it each day. For using it in literal practical ways to help me see the face of those I love, for lighting the night so I don’t get lost, for ensuring I can see enough not to bump into the corner of that dresser. Again.
But more importantly thank you for using it to remind me that my role in this world is not to be darkness, bring darkness or protect darkness. Rather with each thought, word and action… with the way I prioritize my day and treat those around me… my purpose in this life is to be the light and love the world. One person at a time.
A man who followed God relentlessly and loved others unconditionally, once said and lived by this statement:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Be the light. Be the reason someone is thankful.