Life Through the Lens: Light lifts us out of the darkness

Kevin Schrapel muses on a flower by day and night.

This post was contributed by Kevin Schrapel.

These flowers give a truly clear understanding of the value of light on something which is alive. 

Firstly, the plant, because of the way it is made, knew that if it was to bloom, it had to find sunlight.

Despite being buried under hard, sharp stones it pushed up, found the sunlight and warmth and was able to bloom.

Interestingly, when the sun sets and darkness descends and surrounds them, the blooms roll into themselves and close as if seeking protection from the darkness, only to open again when caressed by the warmth of sunlight.

All through the ages, even today, darkness and light are often used to help explain actions and how they impact on people, their growth and flowering into fuller individuals who bring beauty to their own lives and the lives of those they touch.

People come to life, open and bloom when, as individuals, we shower on them the light of love, care and support and help them believe they are of value.

Perhaps today, more than ever before, this light is an absolute necessity in our communities, our world.

This is how Jesus related to people as he walked this world.

“Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).

Jesus brought his love, care, and support to people whose lives he touched and treated them as valued individuals.

Jesus also said:

“Do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl? No! They put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your love in action and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:15-16).

Could someone be waiting for you to shine some light of recognition, love and appreciation to help them grow, flower, and bring joy and more light of love to others who, in turn, could join others and turn our world into a garden of flowering individuals?

God bless.

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