• Jill Jarrell Newsome

I Saw The Light

I was 19 and driving on Highway 74 towards Charlotte. At that time there was nothing on 74. I would find myself going over the speed limit and under the speed limit. Four hours of boredom! I looked up in the rear view mirror and I saw the light! It was blue! My heart sank and I started crying. The highway patrolman gave me a warning and left. I was so upset I just sat there trying to quit crying. A few minutes later I looked up and I saw another light - another blue light. I thought I was in trouble for being parked on the side of the highway or something. It was a bad day! It was the same patrolman, when he got to the next exit and I had not pulled off he came back. I started laughing through my tears because I thought I was getting pulled again. Before he left he apologized for ever pulling me! All I could vision was having to tell my dad I got a speeding ticket! There is no feeling like looking up and seeing the light!

In life we sometimes "see the light" and usually we experience a "come to Jesus" meeting. For me these times are wake up calls where God is trying to get my attention. Sometimes it is like He has hit me over the head with a 2X4 which is what I sometimes need. However, it is done, Jesus is trying to get me to see the light. Usually it means it is time for me to make a change.

Sometimes we need to look towards the light so our perspective will change. Have you ever thought you did not care for someone for whatever reason. You decide to look at that person through Jesus' eyes and you find your perspective changing. Sometimes it is challenging but after a while we see a totally different person. Instead of just seeing the darkness we start seeing light shining through. John 8: 12, "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." God has called us to love His people, no matter how difficult. By doing that those people change us for the better. We have to humble ourselves and show love and grace. Psalm 119: 105, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

In today's world we have to move our focus from the problems to the problem Solver. Jesus can give us a vision of Him and help us shine His light. We can try to see tragedies and bad news through His eyes, trusting that He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him. Romans 8: 28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

Darkness in this world can seem overwhelming but remember darkness is nothing but the absence of light. All we have to do is flip the switch, the darkness vanishes and we see the light! Let's see the light in others and let's shine the light for other's to see. From the beginning of time, God has been the source of light both spiritually and literally. Genesis 12: 3, "Darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light."

It would be too exhausting to shine on our own but if we stay completely connected to God we can shine His light. His light will shine from us in powerful ways that change the world.

Have you seen the light?