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A New Slant on Light

Sep. 10, 2012


This morning I sat watching a bright patch of sunlight slant its way across the family room. And suddenly it hit me: Having our house on the market is giving me a whole new slant on light. And it's good timing: it's a good reminder about God's light for leaders (and moms, who by definition are leaders in their own homes) at the beginning of a ministry year.

First, I'm realizing how revealing light is. The morning sun shows up all the dust on the front room furniture. And the late afternoon sun reveals some pretty awful-looking smears on the sliders at the back. Kind of like God's light, which reveals things in me I might prefer not to see. (John 3:19; Psalm 119:130)

Then there's the way that too much "stuff' can block out the light. Recently we did a "re-staging," which involved taking down all the drapes in the house. The change was dramatic: light streamed in uninterrupted. It was as if we had brought the outdoors in. It made me wonder why we hadn't done this long ago. It also made me wonder how much "stuff" in my life might be blocking the light of God's glory from streaming in. Amazing how good it feels to get unnecessary stuff out of the way. (Colossians 3:2)

And then there was the light over our family room table. A workman in our home thoughtfully asked whether Ii would like him to take it down for me so I could wash the globes. I said I wasn't sure it needed washing, as I dusted it fairly regularly. And after all, they were frosted globes. Was I in for a surprise! A little water run over them and, lo and behold, what I had assumed was "frosted" turned out to be bright, clear glass. It looks like an entirely different chandelier. Funny how brightly the light shines through when you get the dirt off! (1 John 1:9)

Perhaps the most dramatic change of all was in our two-story front hall. It had been years since it was well cleaned because it hangs far higher than our tallest ladder. But when our painter, with the right equipment, cleaned it for us, it absolutely sparkledónot only letting the light come through, but somehow transforming it as the cuts in the glass reflected it in myriad ways. Could this be, in some small way, a picture of unveiled faces being transformed to reflect His glory? (2 Corinthians 3:18)

It's that time of year again. A fresh start for the ministry year. A fresh start for each of us as leaders, as women, as moms. Not a bad time to consider a little housecleaning. Or, should I say, soul-cleaning. Let His Light flood into your souls, show up the dirt, clean it all up, and then stream through you to your kids, your families, "your moms."

A new slant on "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Let it shine, girlsólet it shine!
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