Last night I was mesmerized by the shadows in my room. They were caused by the dim flash-light on my phone shining in the darkness. As I watched the shadows of my face and hand as I was writing, I was amazed by how much bigger the shadow of my hand seemed than it actually was.

Just like a child can be frightened by shadows in the dark, we can also become fearful of things in our life that seem bigger than they actually are. Situations which seem larger than God, only reveal themselves when we are in the dark, our problems seem much larger when they are shrouded by darkness and when we are not plugged into God, our light source.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

We are to be lights in this dark world! Yet sometimes I find myself surrounded by so much darkness (and not in constant fellowship with God) and that’s when my light becomes dim, fearful, and hidden.

When this “dimming” occurs instead of seeing clearly, I see “shadows” (things that are magnified out of proportion). Satan seeks to kill, steal, and destroy, and he can render us useless by paralyzing us with fear.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). 

Anytime we have fear attached to our problems, and we begin to see them as being bigger than God…then, “Houston we have a problem!”

It’s so easy to see things in this world as being “unfixable” even by God. Our fiancé visa process definitely seems this way sometimes. But, when we have financial problems, familial problems, relational problems, etc. Where do we run first? Do we try to handle it ourselves, do we run to google, to counselors, to professionals, to close friends? Do we go to the “dark” before we go to the light source?

When we have a child that is afraid of shadows we go to the light source (light switch) and we shine light into the room which completely gets rid of the shadows. Why don’t we do that in our own lives?

“Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). 

Let’s continue to go to the light source, because I know when I get a glimpse of His glory…I realize that He’s a whole lot Bigger than my problems. He is the God who parted the Red Sea, who conquered thousands of Midianites with Gideon’s army of 300 men, who gave a barren women named Hannah a son, who brought Jesus into the world and had him be borne of  a virgin! Please don’t forget that our God is BIGGER than our problems, and we only need to ask Him what to do in tough times, because He will shine light on the situation, and He will direct our steps.

I love you, and God loves you so much more!

– Jeanette

 

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