Philippians 2:14-16: “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Hold firmly to the word of life; then, on the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.”

Yesterday I went around a local lake in the city park to do my workout routine. It had rained the night before and as the Sun came up, it exposed droplets of rain everywhere. It was like magic. Before, all you would notice was a wet surface. Then the Sun hits the scenery, and everything around me glistens and looks like a fairy tale. I felt as if God was telling me: everything is going to be alright.

A common term we use is: “glimmer of hope”, which indicates that there’s a slight chance that something positive will happen.

“Light at the end of a tunnel” is another term expressing hope after a long and difficult period in our life.

If we want to see things “in a different light” then we have to step out of our comfort zone and go to different places to look at things from various angles and gain a different point of view. 

We often say when crime is identified: “We brought this to light”, meaning that light identifies evil.

“Harsh light” is a figure of speech used by painters and photographers when it exposes and draws attention to unpleasant features of a subject. 

God’s light is not harsh, and Jesus has a way with people. His light takes something damaged and bruised and turns it into something beautiful, just like sunlight turns grey scenery into shimmering diamonds.

John describes in his gospel how God’s light brings hope to mankind (John 1:4):

“In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.”

Jesus lifts people up. Prophet Isaiah describes Him as being the One who would repair a bruised reed instead of crushing it (Isaiah 42:3)

“He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.”

If we lack optimism, maybe it’s time to step into God’s light and let Him point out the beauty of a dreary situation. And even if we feel that nothing good can come out of something so bad, trusting God will help us get through this. I for one like to step outside and look at the Sun rise. And I know that the One who made the Sun always has something encouraging to say.

“Whenever God shines His light on me opens up my eyes so I can see” – Van Morrison

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