Where we live, the sun is out considerably longer in the summer than in the winter. During the summer months the official sunrise is around 5:20 and the official sunset around 9:40. But the sunlight can begin waking me up around 4:45. And just last week as my husband and I drove home from a late meeting we commented on the beautiful sunset sky at 10:35!
One of the things I love the most about a Canadian summer is the light–the sunshine. The Bible often talks about Jesus and His followers as lights. Jesus is the Light of the World, and we are to be lights in the world.
There have been so many changes in our society. Sin is often the thing applauded, endorsed and encouraged. Those who are standing up for holiness and purity are being shut down, terminated from jobs, sued, and are labeled as intolerant, judgmental, bigots. Our society has the opportunity to throw open the curtains and enjoy the sunshine, the light of God’s people. Instead, they are drawing the blinds so the sunlight doesn’t expose their sin.
This is what I know about the summer sun. If I close my curtains, the sun still shines. If I close my eyes, the sun till shines. I cannot stop the sun from shining! When I pull my blinds in summer, little bits of light sneak in around the edges. When I close my eyes, I can still feel the warmth. Hiding the sunlight is nearly impossible.
As the world around us tries to quiet us, to discourage us, and to block the impact of the light we have, be like the sun and keep shining! Our light should shine in everything we do. When we are told to be quiet or to live differently, our light may not shine as brightly, but I hope the light we give off sneaks through the cracks and warms cold hearts.
Don’t let society and its sinful ways put out your light. Shine! That’s what lights do!
Carla Anne Coroy