““You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
I love to see the lights of the city. Driving through the darkness and seeing the lights of the city shining bright from far off, the bigger the city the brighter it shines. I have never lived in a big city, so even the town lights excite me when I come upon them.
I never realized how dark the darkness could be until we were driving Hwy 60 from Socorro, NM to Arizona at night. It was a cloudy night so the stars and moon weren’t shining as brightly as I had hoped. The “cities” seemed more like ghost towns. Places that were maybe once bustling, abandoned by the rerouting of traffic. Lights were limited to a few sporadic street lights or house lights most of the drive.
It was the reflectors that stole my attention on the drive back. They were the only light I could see for miles, and yet I knew there wasn’t a single light on the reflector pole. It was only reflecting back our headlights.
Some days, I admit, my light doesn’t shine so brightly. I am not trying to hide it. I just get weighed down by the things around me and let the clouds dim my light. It is at this times, I have to make sure that I am staying close enough to God to reflect Him back to those around me.
We are called to be reflectors of the light just like reflectors light up the highway before us. There are times we may not shine as bright as we can. In those times, we must stay close enough to our Source that we still reflect the Light. If we have Him in our heart we can still reflect Him despite the clouds.
“As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man.” Proverbs 27:19