Saturday, August 18, 2012

Let Your Light So Shine - Even if Your Candle is Broken

I have a broken birthday candle on my kitchen window sill - and it's not clutter.

Since my desire is to 'simplify' I continually seek to let go of things and reduce my work load through prayer and guidance as to my time and energies.  As you might guess - I have many opportunities to practice this and to learn from it through daily challenges and all the activities and growing stages of raising a family.

This past week I have attended 'Education Week' at BYU in Provo, Utah.  My sweet mother offered tickets for my children and me - as a 'vacation' (which we haven't had in years.)  It was an appreciated offer and we were very grateful to be able to go.

On Tuesday, I attended a class taught by a dear, new friend, who talked about 'let your light so shine - that others' may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'  She offered little candles for each of us - as a reminder of that light and the fact that as we light the candles for others' - we are not diminished.

I put my little blue candle in my 'Hawaii' bag.  Then, I hauled my bag around all week.

This morning as I was cleaning it out - and sorting through things to transfer back to my purse - I found my candle.  It reminded me of the lesson and touched my heart.  I wanted to keep the candle.  But, it was broken in the middle.

Immediately, as I pondered on the significance of that, I was taught a lesson that sunk deep into my soul.  We are all 'broken' in some way or another.  But, the wick isn't.  Our lights can still shine - because the light isn't from us - it's from a Greater Source.  Our 'outer shells' may be hurting or aging or not looking as fresh as we'd like them to.  But, our inner light isn't beholden to our outward appearance.  The Light that shines from within us - comes from an unbroken Source.  He is the Light.  He can Shine through us.  He is the Source of all power and truth.  He is the Prince of Peace.

My thought for today is that God can fix broken things.  And the most important 'things' he fixes (and enlightens) are the parts inside of us.  Our outer candle stick may be broken - but our inner wick doesn't have to be dimmed by that.  In fact, probably a challenging outer-shell helps our inner light to shine even more brightly and effectively. 

We may need a patch on our outer shell to keep it erect - but, even without that - our inner light can glow.

“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14–16).