Posts Tagged ‘light’

Brighten The Corner Where You Are!

December 23, 2018

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With the passing of the winter solstice, I almost feel optimistically that I can already see the days getting longer with the promise of spring. Of course no one knows what sort of weather will be in store for us before the dawn of spring! And so it is with life itself, for no one knows what a year will hold, or indeed what life will hold for us before the dawning of that New Day when we are called Home or the Lord returns for His own. However, for those who have put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour – we can rest assured that “our times are in His Hands.”

I was considering the element of “light” just recently and how the Lord Jesus Christ was “a light of the Gentiles.” (Isaiah 42v6) The first 7 verses of this chapter are prophetic of His coming… “to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” (Verse 7)

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus exhorts His followers to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5v16)

While the rest of the world will curse the awful situations that mankind universally finds himself in, His true followers will use such situations to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2Peter 3v18) and to let their lights “so shine before men.”

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” (Matthew 5v14) Each day that the Lord gives His children is yet another opportunity to “brighten the corner where we are.” Sometimes it may simply be to patiently support and care for someone in our own homes, or just be there for someone who is going through tumultuous times, or offering kind and loving words of witness to a neighbour or someone we meet in daily life, or speaking to souls in a hospital waiting room. As the years go by, we may not be in a position to launch out to foreign fields to reach the lost but “we can brighten the corner where we are.”

In fact we must brighten the corner where we are, wherever the Lord has placed us; making use of whatever opportunities, situations we find ourselves in, or talents that the Lord has bestowed upon us to reach others. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights of the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” (Philippians 2v15&16)

Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do,

Do not wait to shed your light afar;

To the many duties ever near you now be true,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

Brighten the corner where you are!

Brighten the corner where you are!

Someone far from harbour you may guide across the bar;

Brighten the corner where you are!

 

Just above are clouded skies that you may help to clear,

Let not narrow self your way debar;

Though into one heart alone may fall your song of cheer,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

Here for all your talent you may surely find a need,

Here reflect the bright and Morning Star;

Even from your humble hand the Bread of Life may feed,

Brighten the corner where you are.

 

© Ina Duley Ogdon (1872-1964)

 

Link to this hymn: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/8652

November’s Doom and Gloom and Ireland’s Economic Disasters – but “Look Up!”

November 25, 2010

November can be a bleak month when lengthening shadows cast a gloom on the cold earth and autumn’s gold is facing certain death. I took a walk today away from the things that threaten to burden me – and to be alone with the Lord. Usually nature ‘lifts me’ but today it didn’t. The trees are almost skeletal now and yesterday I had discovered a young pigeon which had been shot and seriously injured. It sat alone, shaking in the cold hard furrows of the field; I knew that it was so seriously injured, that there was nothing I could do for it and so I left it there, wishing that somehow it would recover. ‘Why does mankind feel the need to kill everything?’ I had asked myself. Today I learned that the pigeon had been cruelly killed and I thought about the wonderful truth that God is aware of even a sparrow falling to the ground. (Matthew 10v29) As I listened to more news on the radio about economic doom and gloom here in Ireland, I also thought about what an ugly world we live in, with corruption at every level. Surely the weak and the vulnerable are cruelly exploited? In the middle of the recent gloom I received a call from someone, telling me that their neighbour had attempted suicide…

Then tonight I saw a great beautiful amber moon rise above the dark shadowy fields and I reminded myself that the sun is always up there too – even on the darkest, most depressing days of winter! With this in mind I suddenly remembered a little poem that I had written some years ago now, based on my own feelings of despondency at the time Furthermore, I also remembered my recent reading in Genesis… “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1v4)

That “God divided the light from the darkness” is truly significant and a recurring theme throughout scripture. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1John 1v5) Thank God for “the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1v9-13) Praise God for His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who has the power to lift us out of any situation to new heights of joy in Him! If our happiness is solely dependant upon the material things of this life – we will be so miserable. Yes, it is possible to feel despondent on occasions but for those who know the Lord (and I tell myself this too) our eyes should look above and beyond the darkest night, for we have a sure light “that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:” (2Peter 1v19)

 

Look Up! 

When you are despondent

Do not dwell upon the loss,

Look ever unto Jesus

And cling to the cross.

When all around

Seems bleak as darkest night –

Look beyond the clouds

For that Eternal Light.

This world’s pain and glory

Will soon pass away,

From the black of midnight 

To the dawn of Heaven’s Day,

And though you are oppressed

By sin on every side,

Look upon that face of Love,

For His grace will provide.

 

                                                                                                                 Elizabeth Burke