Glow in the Dark.

August 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm (General) (, , , , )

Tall Green Tree

Last night my college group was reminiscing about a recent time when we tried to play frisbee after dark. One of the group has a glow-in-the-dark frisbee, and we wanted to see it in action. The problem was, it had been in the trunk all day, and it wasn’t glowing.  One of us turned on the headlights of the car and sat with the frisbee in front of the light for at least 5 minutes, hoping to charge it with light that way instead. It didn’t work. We decided that next time we had better put it out in the sun all day prior to using it.

The experience got me thinking, though. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men, that they my see…and praise your Father in Heaven.” But where does our light come from? The frisbee needed sunlight to fulfill its purpose. We might refer to 2 Corinthians 4:6, which says, “For God made His light shine in our hearts…” (emphasis mine). So if God is the source of our light, and we desire to shine for His glory, then perhaps, like the frisbee, we need to go to the source. If we don’t spend time soaking in light from the source, how can we expect to glow?

There’s one problem remaining still: what happens if we want to play frisbee after dark, but we didn’t plan for it?  If we don’t sufficiently expose the frisbee to sunlight before we play, it won’t glow. In a similar way, we don’t know the times or dates God has planned for us (Acts 1:7).  Will we be ready when God wants to use us? Or will we frantically try to reach for a substitute source of light–like the youth group did with the headlights for the frisbee? No matter what the “headlights” might be in our life, any glow we might get from them will never outshine a fully-charged “frisbee.”

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4 Comments

  1. jeremy said,

    To reflect light, or absorb it like the frisbee, we must be in the presence of true light. There is only One.
    Good words, Kay.

  2. amy h said,

    Wow – I look forward to reading your blogs already…it’s hard to remind myself that these profound tidbits are written by someone so young. What a great reminder to us all of how we truly should be living, thank you!

  3. haywireproductions said,

    What “headlights” do you tend to fall back on in life?

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