So be careful not to let the light in you become darkness. (Luke 11:35)
A while back we spent a long weekend with our daughter Emily and her family. Patty, Emily and I, along with 9 month old Alexander, slipped away to a coffee shop for a much needed and delicious crafted shot of caffeine.
While holding Alexander in a way that he was facing me, I was struck by his large, beautiful and very bright eyes. His eyes radiated joy, trust and a sparkle of innocence, joined by just the right touch of mischievousness. His eyes were bright with life! My grandfather’s heart bonded all the more to our 3rd grand-treasure.
At some point I glanced at a table near ours. Seated at the table was a handsome older couple, dressed a step above the rest of the coffee shop patrons. The husband was very attentive to his bride of no-doubt many years. But then I noticed her eyes. There was a dullness, a slight vacancy telegraphing a detachment from being fully present in the moment. In a short time it became evident that this lovely woman was suffering from dementia. The brightness of her eyes was fading. Her life was slowly shrinking and diminishing.
So there I was, juxtaposed between the bright eyes of Alexander and the fading eyes of a noble man’s wife. It was a beautiful yet jagged-edged metaphor of the mystery of our journey through life. We are all living somewhere between bright-eyed wonder and fading final moments.
So, on our journey how do we keep the light from becoming darkness as the verse above admonishes? Throughout the all the blind curves and the unpredictability of life we have One who does not change. Yet, in His love and wisdom He simply, yet profoundly leaves many choices to us to fire the light within.
We get to choose:
Surrender instead of Control
Forgiveness instead of Bitterness
Gratitude instead of Entitlement
Truth instead of Deception
Faith instead of Fear
Love instead of Apathy
Freedom instead of Bondage
Hope instead of Pessimism
Risk instead of Lethargy
Self-Responsibility instead of Blame
Grace instead of Judgement
Transparency instead of Hiddenness
Who He says we are instead of other Voices wanting to do the same
Compassion instead of Anger
Jesus instead of the World System
Light instead of Darkness