Lighthouse

John 8:12 says that Jesus spake, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (KJV)

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Lighthouse

 

As I read Scripture recently, it occurred to me that God’s Word was like the brilliant guiding light that emanates from a Lighthouse. In this post I am going to look at that comparison and you can comment as to whether or not you agree with me. I am going to compare the beam of God’s Word illuminating power with the beam of a lighthouse because oftentimes we feel a detachment from the Scriptures in our everyday life. We are buffeted from one difficulty to another without taking advantage of the guidance offered to all who believe by the Holy Spirit whose primary purpose is to help us stay away from the rocks and wrecks all around us–some hidden just below the (surface) water line and others clearly visual.

A lighthouse is a very tall tower with a bright light on top that is usually located at a dangerous navigational spot at the entrance to a harbor. Picture a huge traffic sign warning of impending danger.  A harbor is a place for ships to dock safely.  Although the first lighthouse in America was the Boston Light, built in 1716 at Boston Harbor. The history of lighthouses goes much further back in history to ancient Egypt, Pharos of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most famous lighthouse in antiquity.

I want you to image with me ancient mariners before the days of sails and steam rowing in a desperate attempt to fight the strong winds and swelling water threatening at any moment to overturn the ship and drown its occupants.  The mariners are rowing for their lives and straining every muscles as they try to keep the sea from dragging them to the bottom. They know they are getting closer to the harbor and the rocks, but they must keep the ship on course or be pulled under. Suddenly a light is seen in the distance.  As they get closer and the beam gets stronger, the crew realizes how close they were to meeting the doom of the rocks that lay at the harbor entrance, but the beam from shore is now safely guiding and illuminating their entry into the harbor.

As we visualize the lighthouse issuing its beam of light to safely guide those threaten by the sea, we need to think of God’s Word as a Light spreading farther, wider, and stronger than any man-made beam. From the time of the Fall of man to the birth of Jesus, man wandered in the stormy darkness seeking and avoiding the Laws of God when they pleased.  In times of trouble–seeking the Lord’s help–praying and following His guidance until they got what they wanted. When the trouble had passed, they went back to the worship of the idols of the surrounding nations.  Forgetting the Lord’s Laws and mercy in their time of trouble.

Jesus’ birth introduced a new Light into the world as foretold in Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” and Paul says in Ephesians 5:14, “… Christ shall give thee light.” (KJV) Can you picture Jesus walking among the people emanating a guiding beam into the darkness of their lives. Healing and teaching them to follow the Light of God’s Word. This beam keeps those who believe from being dashed on the rocks of the dangers of life.

It was the religious leaders (the learned men) who were determined to keep the populace floundering in the rough seas outside the safety of the harbor being battered by every sin and continuing to live under the weight of the Law of Moses.

The Pharisees and other religious leaders of the day thought to put out this Light beaming so brightly in the darkness of the lives of the common people. The more they tried to discredit and eliminate the beam of Light, the stronger it got.

The betrayal of Judas Iscariot, really gave hope to the religious leaders of the day.  Finally a way to quench the beam that was getting brighter with each passing day and jeopardizing everything they believed in and the power they had acquired due to their positions as purveyors of the Law of Moses.  The ultimate crucifixion of Jesus Christ (God’s Light to the World) caused great celebration among the Pharisees and other religious leaders. The beam had been extinguished never to return or at least that is what they thought.

The religious leaders were unaware that every move had been orchestrated according to God’s will.  Jesus Christ had already told His disciples of the events that would occur and that it had all been pre-ordinated before He was born. He told them that He must go. “I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor–Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.  And He will help you remember everything that I have told you.” (John 14:25-26 AMP)

After Jesus’ resurrection and return to the assembled disciples, He told them to stay together until the Comforter came. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” (John 16:14, JKV)

The Holy Spirit’s beam of light still stands illuminating the path of truth and salvation guiding those who hear and believe through the turbulence of life.  The Word of God is just as true today and protecting those who heed the Light from wrecking themselves as they flounder seeking refuge from the rocks and wrecks that dot the harbor. The really wonderful thing is that even if you damage the bottom of your ship many times, the beam of the Holy Spirit is still there. And, if you heed it, the beam can still save you from sinking as long as you believe in the salvation available to you and have a desire in your heart you can be shown by the beam of the Holy Spirit the right path to gain the safety and security of the Word of God.

Update

It has been several months since I posted and I wanted to update “Life” with me and my family. It is astounding how long it has been. “Life” happens so fast that sometimes, it can completely get away from you.

My daughter had a beautiful little girl in March in the middle of a full blown search for a new house. The owner of the house that we had been renting from decided to sell and move to New York. It still amazes me that this was right after we gave him notice that we would be moving so that my daughter could be closer to her job. The search for a new home took much longer than we expected and was really frustrating. During this time of stress and anxiety, it occurred to me as I was discussing the difficulties we were having with my daughter that God was in charge. He would not let us select a home that was not part of His plan for the family. We just had to wait and keep looking until the correct house was available for us as prescribed by God.

While in the middle of this search, my granddaughter was born in March. A beautiful baby girl.

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Veronica at 2 months old

The answer to a prayer. Our plans were to be moved and settled before the baby was born, but God had other plans obviously. “Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out)”. (Proverbs 19:21, AMP) Shortly after her birth my daughter was told about a house that had just become available. After a tour, we decided that the house was perfect for our needs. What is really unbelievable is that the house is very close to her job. One of the primary objectives in the decision to move.  Everything was fitting into place. We were able to move quickly without excessive cost into a really comfortable home. I was reminded that only God’s plans fit together perfectly and effortlessly and this experience is another example of His grace shown to our family. I truly thank God for his kindness by showering us with blessings some we are aware of and many others that are not known to us. The best example is the birth of my little granddaughter, Veronica.

Well now that things have settled down, at least, for a little while.  I can return my attention to Shaped by a Potter’s Hands, developing my natural skin care products and nonprofit for single mothers. The last two projects will be introduced soon.

Take Care and Bless the Lord!

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