Little Light

One of the ministries of the Holy Spirit is to shine the light of the truth of the Word of God into our hearts so that we can we see the work God needs to continue to do in us.  Sometimes he shines a bright, intense, light of truth that convicts us to the point of dropping us right to our knees.  Other times, he shines a little light into our hearts and allows us to see ourselves in need of some tweaking or adjusting.  Our responsibility is to be aware of that light and open our hearts and minds to the leading of the Spirit of God as he changes us.  When confession and repentance are needed, then we must obey.  When tweaking is needed, then we must submit to the Spirit and allow him to bring change into our hearts.

The other day the Holy Spirit pointed his light into my heart.  It was not a light meant to bring conviction or cleansing but a light that revealed to me a little bit about who I am.  It made me aware of my heart so that I could better see myself in the future.  It made me chuckle a little, and I must admit, I was a little surprised by the revelation.

This past week our church was blessed by a generous member with an offering that allowed us to pave our whole parking lot and all of our driveways.  It truly is a tremendous blessing that will save work and make life easier for decades to come.  The paving company had just finished the parking lot and church driveway and I was looking out the window over the sea of nice, new black pavement.  They did a great job and everything looked perfect.  It was at that moment that I found myself missing the rocks, the ugly cones, uglier chains, and the broken pavement that made up our driveway.  I have driven on those rocks for close to thirty years.  I have swept them up.  I have raked them back to where they should go.  They were simple, messy, and hickish.  Our little country church was now all fancy and stuff.  Weird thoughts.
The Holy Spirit revealed a little more of my heart to me.  I won’t bore you with all that it led me to think about (you might think me a little too introspective) but it made me chuckle to think that even a somewhat passing thought about the paving of a parking lot can be used by God to speak to my heart.  What about you?  What reaction did you have, or will you have, when you see the big change?  Maybe it is different for me because I am here every day but what about other changes in your life?  How did you react?  Do you cling too much to the past?  Do you find great comfort in the ruts of today?  OK, I give in, I will bore you with one revelation of my heart.  Rocks and funky cones create low expectations.  You drive in and it is a funky, country church.  Nice new paving creates higher expectations.  It is easier to surpass low expectations than meet higher ones.  Weird huh?  Please do not judge me too harshly.  I did not dwell on that thought or fret over it.  It was just a passing thought that made me go, “Huh”.  But I learned a little about who I am.

The Spirit of God is continually speaking to your heart.  Listen to him a little closer today.  Allow him to mold and shape you in all areas.  When you find yourself surprised by a reaction you have, stop and think about it for a moment.  Don’t drive yourself crazy, but learn about yourself and tuck it away for a day when that truth about yourself will help you understand a greater reaction you are having.  For instance, (get ready for more introspection) I found that as I get older I am clinging to the past a little more than I used to.  Good to know.  Have a great day of listening to the light of the Spirit.

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