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Light is a funny thing, living and static and the same time. If you’ve ever seen the way light overtakes a room pushing back darkness and replacing it with its own self, you’ve seen one the many amazing things that light does.

Where does the light of the Lord shine? Brightly, in unexpected places.

Nightlights

Just recently I was in the market for a night light. Since my son is a teenager now, I thought I was beyond shopping for those little darkness busters, but I’m now in that in between spot that many people are finding themselves in. That time when you are in between taking care of your children and your parents.

The experts call this time of life the ‘sandwich’ spot and I can see why, you’re raising one generation on one side and your helping to take care of the other generation on the other side. Basically, this means you need to think on two sides of the spectrum, which is why I was shopping for a night light.

Needing light to see

If you’ve ever had older people stay with you as guests, or even had a parent or parents move in with you, you know that they need light at night. They don’t need the light to banish the darkness, they need the light to see by so they can navigate the house without hurting themselves.

And, this is why I went searching for night lights just recently. My Mom needs a light to navigate her way through the house during the wee hours of the night. But, searching for a nightlight that fit the bill was no easy task.

Bright lights

First it had to be bright enough so she could use it to see with her failing eyesight, but not so bright that it was the brightness of a regular lamp. I searched high and low for just the right nightlight. I went to stores where I tried out high priced lights, and I went to drugstores where I found moderately priced  night lights. But, none of them fit the bill.

Finally, after I tried what I thought was everything I found myself in a dollar store with a friend and saw a basic – translated not too attractive, very utilitarian – nightlight at a price I couldn’t beat. Just a dollar. I laid my dollar with Washington’s face on the counter, and brought the nightlight home.

Perfect light

That night we tried it out, and it was perfect. The light was bright enough that my mom could see where she was going, but not so bright that you felt like you were on the landing strip of an airport.

I would never have thought the perfect light would be found at the dollar store. Then I started thinking, how many times do we look for the light of the Lord in the places where we think it should be? Yet, we find the brightest reflection of His light in places we don’t expect, that we may not look once at, let alone twice. But, He guides us to those places, so, we can see Him shine His brightest.

“The LORD is my light and my salvation,…” Psalm 27:1a

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Sencillez / Simplicity

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Just the other day I was reading a Twitter post and the first part of the post really caught my eye. It read, “God isn’t like us.”

Think about that for a moment. God isn’t like us.

The whole post actually reads, “God isn’t like us. God forgives and forgets, we remember and punish each other.”

On reading the whole post, I immediately thought about the verse that says He casts our sins as far away as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:11-12). A thought that most of can’t really conceive of if we really took the time to think about it. I mean where is the East from the West? It just doesn’t exist in our little world, but it does in God’s.

I mean how many times do we go back to the LORD and ask for forgiveness for the same thing? And, I don’t mean when we do the same thing over and over and have to ask Him for forgiveness and help with it, I’m talking about when we go and drag up the same instance.

Yet, when we go to Him there’s silence in response to our heartfelt request for forgiveness and we can’t quite figure out why. The answer is simple, when He says He tosses them away as far as the east is from the west it means it’s gone, no need to revisit it, no need to bring it up again because it’s gone.

This little tidbit itself should give us a clue that He is nothing like us, yet we continue to try and remake Him in our image. Instead of stepping into what He is doing and in the process being remade into a reflection of Him, we insist that He conform to what we want Him to be, whatever that may be.

Angry? Check. Vengeful? Check. Retaliatory? Check. And, this is the short, short list of things we believe He is because they are who we are. It’s kind of strange because the list of positive and wonderful things that we attribute to Him, like being loving, kind, gentle, caring, etc. we have a terrible time actually absorbing as true and real, maybe because they aren’t really like us and, even on a good day, we don’t have a very firm grip on them.

Plus, the way He expresses them are so foreign to us that they make us uncomfortable or nervous, or a little bit of both. I mean what god in his right mind would actually come down and sacrifice himself so that the innocent could have a chance at life, let alone the guilty? That’s a god that it’s hard for us to get behind and none of us in our right minds would make a god like that up for ourselves.

God isn’t like us. He is who He is, not who we are. Words we all need to remember on so many levels every day that we follow Him.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

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