I took this photo tonight after we suddenly found ourselves in complete darkness. Fairly quickly, we were able to get light from a cell phone, so that we could light this old, oil burning lamp. How in the world did we ever find a flashlight, candles, or matches without our ever present cell phones?
As we sat in the dark, my attention was drawn to this lamp that my husband lit and placed on the mantle. I was reminded of Psalms 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light to my path. Then I recognized a new beauty cast by this light in the dark.
The HOME sign in the background reminds me that this world is not my home. The life that we work so hard for each day is only temporary. I have a much better home that is yet to come with my heavenly Father who is the light of the world.
On the left, is an old metal cross that reminds me of Jesus and the price that He paid for my salvation, as well as yours. Salvation that none of us deserves, but is available to all. The Lord is my light and my salvation – Psalms 27:1.
Beside the cross sits an unlit candle. (I’m not sure why my husband didn’t light this candle except that God had a lesson for me to see in this photo.) That unlit candle reminds me that there are many who don’t know Jesus, and it is important for us to share the light of His love to those around us.
On the right hangs the letter “W” which normally represents our family name; tonight it symbolizes the world – a world that is living in darkness and needs the light of Jesus. In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” – John 8:12.
Below that letter is a clock which of course represents time. It’s time for us to find peace and hope in the quiet, glow of His presence. It’s time to walk with Him and talk with Him. It’s time to do whatever He’s been calling you to do. And it’s time for us to take time to share His light with others.
Finally, on the left is a burlap sign which says, “Keep calm and pray”. When your world seems overcome by the darkness, look to the only true Light in the dark, pray, and calmly let His light shine through you.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it – John 1:5.