The Light of Life
I am blessed to live in Hawaii. I like to walk everyday along the beautiful coastline and spend time with the Lord as I walk. It is tourist season here so the beaches and pathways are filled with people. I enjoy listening to all the different tongues from around the world as people pass by. The other day as I was walking, I saw a tourist taking a picture of a flower, a gorgeous yellow hibiscus. I noticed she was struggling to focus as she was trying to take the picture. She had the lens of the camera very close to the flower, just a few inches away. As I watched, I noticed that the flower was completely darkened by the women’s shadow, as she was standing between the sun and the flower. I have been behind the camera my entire life, as a photographer it occurred to me that if she would simply pull back and take a small step to either side she would get a much better picture. Her focus would be much easier and she would no longer be in the way of the suns light illuminating the flower.
What is true in the natural is true in the spirit.
When there is confusion, lack of clarity or focus in our lives, oftentimes it is because we have gotten in the way of the Son’s light illuminating our path. We try so hard in our own strength to figure things out that we actually cast a shadow of self, which darkens our path causing us to loose focus. God is always teaching us and the Father disciplines those that he loves but not all instruction or discipline has to be hard. Sometimes all God is asking of us is to simply take a small step back or to the side so that His light can shine on the issue. We need not try so hard. When Jesus was washing the disciples feet just before the Passover Feast, Peter insisted that Jesus not only wash his feet but his hands and head as well. Jesus replied saying, “those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean.” John 13:10 (NIV). Sometimes a small adjustment is all that’s needed. We just need to get out of the way! Instead of struggling we should simply step back and enter into his rest.
It is in his rest that you find illumination.
When we get out of the way and allow God’s light to illuminate our path, we will have much more clarity, focus and direction on how to move forward. The end result is a clearer picture of what God is saying. Simple.
It is interesting to note that the yellow hibiscus, (also known as Pua Aloalo or Ma’o Hau Hele in the Hawaiian language) is Hawaii’s official state flower. I was curious to know why the hibiscus was chosen as the states official flower, so I researched it. The following excerpt comes directly from the territorial legislature Joint Resolution No. 1, (circa 1923), designating the Pua Aloalo (hibiscus) the flower emblem of Hawaii:
The Pua Aloalo is an indigenous blossom which grows luxuriantly on all the islands, appears to be most generally representative, no other flower having so great a variety in color and form, or such continuous blooming. (source: netstate.com)
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The sun is always shining in Hawaii. The result, blossoms! Of great variety in color and form, with continuous blooming! Dear loved one; God wants you to be his representative! You are the flower of his image. Simply step to the side and allow the light of life to shine! His desire is to give you color and form and a life filled with continuous blooming!
I took the picture of the Pua Aloalo that you see here. The same one our tourist friend was shooting. A simple step to the side and God’s creation is illuminated for all to enjoy!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NIV)
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