When the Lights go Out
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Yesterday a snow storm hit an area of the country that does not deal well with snow. I used to live in Sevier County and understand. The Great Smoky Mountains are scenic and draw thousands of visitors each year. It is not unusual for snow to fall in the elevations. However, when it snows in the lower parts, very often it is crippling.
The electric power lines fall under heavy, wet snow. Sometimes the electricity can be out for several days. Because I worked for a hotel, when snow or ice prediction came, I knew that I, as a supervisory employee would have to stay. We kept an overnight bag in our cars because we had to be available. During those times job titles shifted. Cleaning rooms, making guest breakfast, and even shoveling a walkway became our substitute job.
Storms of life sometimes cause our lights to flicker. Temptations of wind threaten to make our spiritual light go out. When Jesus, the Light of the World, is left out of our lives, nothing works quite like it should. We can find substitutions such as listening to good music, hearing decent lectures, or making friends with upright people. However, there is no substitute for Jesus. Without Jesus, we have no light at all.
As the children’s song lyrics state, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. . .” I may not be a lighthouse, but I can shine where God puts me. It may be a small light on a stair landing, but without that light, someone may fall to dreadful injury. I cannot just flicker. I cannot let storms put out my light.
Jesus said, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.