Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mirror

One of our pastors referred to Google's ability to show real time images of the earth via satellite. His wife was watching just such a feed from their Texas home. On seeing that she could easily make out the Lone Star state on the screen, he admitted to a giddy desire to grab the bathroom wall mirror, and run outside to see if it was possible to make out the glint of sunlight reflecting heavenward.
The story came to mind as I read in John 3:19 that the judgment on the world is, "... that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light..." I wonder if the Light I hope to reflect is visible to the World, or if my mirror is simply too small to be visible in such a big world? The mirror of my single soul does seem awfully small in the grand scheme of things, much like our pastor's mirror in relation to the planet. And yet my soul is vast in my own estimation much as our pastor's bathroom mirror is likely the biggest one in his house. His mirror is unable to gather all of the sun's light to be reflected toward the satellite, and my soul is a still poorer reflection of the glory of God.
In the midst of contemplation of vast darkness and still more vast light, I recalled a sweet little song that has clear application to these thoughts. Even the smallest pinpoint of light is visible in total darkness. The song? "This Little Light of Mine" penned by an unknown writer brings a smile to my face today, and a lightness to both my step and heart.
In case Gentle Reader somehow escaped childhood without learning this little gem, I offer the lyrics:

This Little Light of Mine

This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
All around the neighborhood
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.

Don't let Satan [blow] it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Don't let Satan [blow] it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Don't let Satan [blow] it out!
I'm going to let it shine
Let it shine, all the time, let it shine

1 comment:

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

To be light. Amen. I pray every day for that opportunity--and to take advantage of it!