I sit here, ready to write, but then wonder….how do I put into words whats so big on my heart? …And have it mean the same thing to you that it means to me? I don’t know if I can, because that side of things is out of my control. But maybe if I turn my mind off and let my heart do the talking I can at least do my part.
If you were to ask most people how life is, you may get replies about how things aren’t so good, times are rough, and life is just hard. And they are right. No doubt.
But something is beautiful about the whole picture. Maybe its just something that’s very closely knit into my heart, but when I see pain and suffering its somehow beautiful. Because in pain, we know healing. In suffering, we know glory. This is what makes my heart come so alive! Its in the darkness, God brings a light so beautiful, radiant and brilliant its better then any painting ever created, any picture ever taken and any story ever written! Its the best illustration of the most amazing love story ever known in all of time!
Think about every story in history, that starts with a time of great despair, and ends victoriously. Every warrior that started as someone unknown, until in trials when the very heart of them was called out, and they couldn’t stand quiet any longer. Every battle that went down with heroism because of those who went behind enemy lines, and reigned victoriously over fear of the enemy. Every slave who was whipped and beaten and lived to know freedom from their oppressors. Every broken heart who has seen healing. Every drug addict, who has found freedom. Every quiet soul, who finally found their voice. Every girl who has been abused who finally found the power to say NO. Every child involved in prostitution, who now finally knows true love.
These are the times that the light shines so radiantly, and as always casts out all darkness. We live in a broken world, but its time we quit looking at the brokenness and mourning, while sitting quietly watching. Yes, I want to share others burdens, but I want them to know that while drying their tears I will be fighting beside them. This is light. We live caught up so much in why life is so rough, and it true, its tough. But every heart caught in the trials of today is a miracle waiting to happen.
Light and Darkness are complete opposites, only one can be present at a time. Darkness can’t withstand light. Where light goes, darkness trembles. Where light goes, darkness must flee. Why do we keep looking at the darkness instead of bringing in light? Why do we stand and cry while allowing darkness to consume our thoughts, and bring hopelessness into the hearts of people. Darkness is a chance for light to take its reign! This is why its so beautiful, this is why suffering is so glorious, why pain is so perfect! Because its in these times light can invade with a reckless love to claim back what was always God’s possession.
I want to see light invade, I want to be the one to carry it in! So why stand and watch? Why wait any longer? We see brokenness everywhere, in so many faces all day long! WHY ARE WE WAITING?
Darkness was always ours to conquer. It was always ours to invade with reckless love. It was always ours to overcome with light. You see, where darkness is, the beauty of light awaits to be carried in. Darkness by the death it carries, holds the chance for light to claim back life.
This is the light of man….let’s hear the stories of the broken as they talk about life and go invade their hearts with an unimaginable reckless love. Let’s see the hurting and carry in his healing like they never dreamed. Let’s go party with the drug addict and release God’s glory into his heart with the power every ounce of death must bow to. Let’s go to the abused and fight before them as they discover their identity in Christ and the confidence in him that was always theirs to walk in.
We are to walk among brokeness, with the realm of the heavens.
We talk about brokenness, like it has control, like we are mere subjects to the death it breathes, have we forgot our place? Have we forgot who we are? Have we forgot what we have a right to? Have we forgot that when Christ died, he died for our freedom to enable us to live in our heavenly identity?
He died so we could be, among other things…..the light of man.