It’s 2 am when the light in the darkened room turns on. The darkness of the night is chased away as you immediately shield your eyes from the brightness of the light now shining in your face. Painfully you open your eyes as they begin to adjust to the brightened room around you. Minutes pass by as you slowly become accustomed to your new surroundings.
We live in a world of darkness and sin. One that continually abandons its God in search of the immediate yet fleeting desires of the flesh. As the world gets darker, those that stand firm in the faith become brighter and brighter. Each of us is born with the light within us. This light grows brighter and brighter as we keep God’s commandments and serve him. The light diminishes as we sin and follow the darkness of this world.
Those in the world chasing after darkness will undoubtedly feel uncomfortable around those with whom the light resides. Darkness will always be repulsed by the light. Try is it might, the light always prevails over the darkness.
As the world looks for and finds more and more ways take us deeper into the darkest abyss, the light within us can shine forth to lead us and others safely out. The brightness of our light is directly proportionate to our commitment to Jesus Christ and our adherence to his gospel and commandments. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.” Mathew 5:16
The brightness of your light is up to you.
A friend of mine shared with me a story the other day… A man living in Africa spent much of his life searching for diamonds. Each day after countless hours working on his farm he would venture off into the mountains in search of his fortune. Fascinated by geology he continues his quest. One day while tilling the ground this man finds a strange rock, rather large in size yet unlike most he had pulled from the ground of his crops. The uniqueness of this rock and the size was rather impressionable so the old man decides to clean it off and place it upon his mantle as a conversation piece.
As the years go by, the old man continues his routine and each night after a long days work he would continue his search for his fortune in diamonds. After each hard day, he would relax in his old rocker in front of the fireplace where upon the mantle sat his conversation piece. Many visitors would seem impressed by the uniqueness of this rock, then the old man would place it back upon the mantle.
As the decades passed, the old man grew ever more tired with each passing year, yet his desire to find the hidden treasure he knew was out there drove him ever onward each day.
One day, an old friend whom he hadn’t seen in many years stopped by to visit. The old man pulled down the rock from the mantle and showed his friend. Somewhat bemused and slightly bewildered his friend asked the old man if he knew what he had in this unique rock and what was inside of it.. The old man replied.. It’s just and old odd shaped rock.. His friend replied, quite the contrary.. this rock contains within it a diamond, a rather large and priceless diamond hidden under the roughness of the rock surrounding it.
This old man had spent his lifetime searching for that very rock that he had placed on his mantle decades before, yet not knowing the value of the possession he held, he left it sitting there unused except as a simple conversation piece…
This story resonated deep within me this week as I have contemplated much upon the many lessons learned from this story. We all have priceless treasures in ourselves and in our lives, that many times we leave sitting on the mantle unable to fulfill their full potential. Many times, we spend a lifetime searching for that which is right in front of us.
I love the change of seasons and what each one brings with them. I look forward to each change with anticipation and excitement. As spring approaches I find myself restless and ready to spend time in the mountains hiking again. Hiking brings my family closer as we explore new trials and spend time outside together. We have some of our greatest talks together as a family while crossing small streams and climbing over fallen trees. Each one creating a special memory that we all remember and reminisce.
Some of our trails that we hike are simple little walks while others pose a greater challenge. Each one brings a unique perspective to the outdoors and mother nature. The degrees of difficulty vary from week to week as we stumble upon new places to discover.
Today I drove up the canyon as I pondered some of the decisions we face in life. I found myself wishing I could have more time to get out and walk along the trails and reconnect with nature. I have always found great comfort and peace in the mountains where my soul becomes steady as my mind come to rest.
Just as our life is certain to change like the seasons and each journey we find ourselves on has varying degrees of difficulty, there is much peace and knowledge in knowing that through all the changes and challenges that we find through the seasons, we too grow and become stronger like the mighty trees that stand as a testament of change. As we look back upon the trails and seasons of life, we too should always recognize the growth and strength that comes with each new season.
This is a good article in healing the hurt and heartache in life, not only marriage.
The Absolute Necessity of Cleaning Wounds.
Beat once again
Protected and hidden
By walls deep within
Few there do enter
Fewer hold a key
The walls of the fortress
How mighty they be
Walls beyond walls
With mazes between
Preventing the many
Of the heart being seen
The few that do enter
The chambers within
With caution and care
As the healing begins
For a heart once broken
Is no longer the same
Fewer the friends
That will ever remain
For true love exists
In the chambers within
Where only the truest
Can ever get in
© 2014 James Isbell