Tanning in the Light

I went to visit my daughter and granddaughter yesterday. We went for a walk since it was such a nice day. It was so nice that we ended up walking for a long time. The sun was shining, the wind wasn't blowing, and Elowyn (my granddaughter was napping) so why not?


When we got back to the house we sat and chatted for a bit and then I headed for home. As soon as I stepped out of the car Amy exclaimed, "Wow! You are colorful!" When I got inside to a mirror I realized what she was saying. Our walk had lasted maybe 30-45 minutes, but the sun had done its job. My face and forehead had turned reddish-brown.


I've always been like that. I soak up the sun. If you catch me mid-summer I look very different than I do in the winter. And it's all because of the sun.


I only with the Son worked on me as well, and as easily. What's funny is, He does. If I sat in my basement all summer, I would keep my pasty, white winter look. It only changes as I step out into the sunlight. The same is true of God as well. If I don't spend time with Him I don't change. But if I spend time in His presence He causes me to radiate His light.


This happens in the book of Exodus. Moses went to the top of Mt. Sinai to meet with the Lord. After spending time in His presence Exodus 34:29 reads, "As Moses descended from Mt. Sinai...he did not realize that the skin of his face shone as a result of his speaking with the Lord." Moses did not realize, but Aaron and the Israelites saw it. That's worth noting. Moses was the one who had changed, but it was others who noticed.


It mirrors what Jesus told the people in His sermon on the mount. "You are the light of the world...let you light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." We followers of Christ are the light of the world, but we only reflect His light. As we spend time in His presence we become radiant to the point that we don't need to tell people, they will see it in our faces, our words, and our actions. Then people will glorify God, not us, because they will see where our light comes from.


Therefore spend time with the "Father of lights" (James 1:17) that our light may shine brighter and brighter in this dark world. May others see our light shining bright and give glory to our Father in heaven.


Doug

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