The recipe goes like this: Start with a healthy portion of bitterness and a heaping spoonful of hatred- add a pinch of guilt to counteract the hatred I know will taste better than it should, and mix with a genuine trepidation about the world my future grandchildren will be born into. This is what my soul cooked up when I heard about what happened in France.
Eventually, I stumbled upon some comfort which I offer to you in the midst of the fog – the fog that falls on us when Jesus’ commands of “love your enemy,” and “forgive as you’ve been forgiven” collide with the feelings of anger and bitterness in our hearts when we’ve been wronged, or someone else who is basically good is wronged.
Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15-16
When night comes, the stars begin to shine – they were there the whole time, but only visible when the darkness falls. In fact, the best place to see the light of a million stars is in the darkest place you can find, away from all the light pollution. As lost people do evil to others and darkness drapes thickly over the earth… it’s your, and our, time to shine. Hold on to God and His Word, trust in the truth that He’s good and in control, and then? Shine… as brightly as you know how, with grace, patience, care and compassion for any and every someone you can- like the million candlepower beacon that you’ve been created to be above the crashing waves. Do something, anything, and now… because the darkness has fallen, the seas are storming, and the lost are searching the horizon for home.
…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16