Thursday, October 9, 2008


Genesis 15:12 "As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick dreadful darkness came over him."

Light is an interesting thing. Some people are content to allow lightbulbs and lamps and flashlights and other artificial means to illuminate their homes and workspaces. And, at times it is so dark that we are forced to use these man-made tactics.

It is my daily custom to open the black drapes in my kitchen and living room as soon as I walk into those rooms each morning. The outside light immediately floods the space whenever I carefully pull the curtains away.

This morning, as I was doing just that, God created a spiritual parallel for me. In our lives, sure, we can use all of the artificial light we want to get the job done. We don't NEED sunlight to accomplish our tasks. But, eventually those artificial lights burn-out and they must be replaced - maybe with the same old kind of bulb, maybe with the latest and greatest energy-efficient bulb, whatever the replacement, it too will need to be removed in a short time. But, the sunlight is a constant. It doesn't burnout, and it doesn't have to be replaced. Certainly, there are times when the sun can't be seen because of the drapes or when it's too cloudy to even catch a glimpse of it.

Isn't God the same as the sun? We have to seek Him [open the drapes], and even then He can seem obscure [because of the clouds], but soon enough His brightness will be illuminating our lives.

Can I encourage you to open your drapes today?


Amy said...

Oh, you encouraged me very much! (As I open my blinds.)

What an awesome observation.

One of my 16 year old son's favorite lines from a song he loves goes like this..."The shadow proves the Sonshine!" Amen?

You and your faith are a shining light to me as well. You are a blessing.

In Christ,

Whitney said...

You blinded us every morning in college. As I rolled out of bed and rubbed my eyes as I walked into the LR, there you were with all windows open and applying your make up! I always think of you when I see someone open the blinds in the mornings. :)
Great parallel!

Liz Harrell said...

What beautiful thoughts. As a fellow 'curtain opener' I really enjoyed this post. So true. I'm praying that God will life you up today.

Unknown said...

Hey! I've been reading your blog for a while (I found it from Whitney's) and I finally decided to comment! I have been praying for you and I'm so glad that you're doing well.

I love this post!

Weeksie50 said...

What a wonderful post and oh, so true. I am glad that God shared it with you so that you could share it with us.. I love the natural light and now I love it even more.. I can't wait to share your parrell with others..

Crystal said...

Thanks for these "bright" thoughts today. You are so right.

Michele said...

Hi Lindsey ~ What wonderful thoughts...thank you for sharing! You are a light to me every day that I read your blog.

Hope you're feeling better every day!


Anonymous said...

Amen! I love when every day things collide with "higher" things; I was thinking about wedding cake (because, hey, when isn't wedding cake on a girl's mind?!) the other day and compared the details to God's handiwork in creation...

Anyway, this was lovely; thanks for the uplifting thoughts!

And I tagged you at my blog for a "random things about you" thing!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I've enjoyed reading your posts this week. They're very insightful and bring me a lot of encouragement. Thanks!

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Meaghan said...

Stopping by from Nana's Box! Thank you for sharing your story. You now have another person praying for you and your family. I know all to well how hard it is to fight cancer as a young person. Not something I can really put into words but i understand.

If you ever need anyone to talk to I'm here! My cancer took so much from me but at the same time it has given me a new family! All us cancer fighters are in this together!!


Tanya said...

What a great post. Your positive attitude will take you so far! I love it. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!