Welcome all! As always, I love you! You know, I have had a great day. I have just felt super encouraged and there have been some things falling in place lately that have been huge blessings. One of those blessings has been all of the positive feedback that I have been getting from people about this blog and that has been great because it helps me to know that this matters. It has been really encouraging and that has been something that I have been super grateful for. If we are being honest, it is something that I never could have done on my own. God really has blessed me through this and he continues to do so every day.
Today was a day full of encouragement. So I don’t tell a ton of people about this but I really need to give you some backstory to what has been going on today. So for the past few week I have been meeting with some people to pray on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I don’t know these people. Even today, I don’t know their names. They are on their smoke break as I am walking to my classes. I really felt God telling me to speak with them but I ignored it for weeks. Eventually I decided I should probably listen to what he was telling me. So I stopped one day to ask if they would be okay with me praying with them.
They were cool with it, so I just sort of made it a habit. They expect me 3 times a week and we pray and it has given me the opportunity to invest in their lives. It really has been an awesome experience. Before you think that I am tooting my own horn, I’m not. This is one time that I was obedient but there have been so many other times that I should have stopped and I didn’t. But God has used this to impact me very deeply.
This mornings prayer time started like any other. I asked about what was going on in their lives and if they needed any new prayer. I prayed and I was about to go on my way until something happened. I very stern looking man in the group started to talk to me. This man has always acted a little annoyed at me for interrupting their break but he stopped me to talk today. I had been trying to invest in their lives and love them and they returned the favor today. They began to ask me questions about my life and what I had going on. They began to encourage me with regards to some current situations and my future dreams. God used them to bless me with a much needed light in the midst of hard times. They truly blessed me today and if for some odd reason they end up reading this, thank you.
Here is a little fact for you:
On a clear dark night, a candle flame can be seen as far as 48 km away. That is 30 miles! A single candle flame can be seen that far away! That blows me away but it also reminds me of a very important lesson for us. That tiny little candlelight that you have and that you hold shines a lot farther than you may ever know.
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
There is a lot of dark in this world and sometimes it seems like our light doesn’t matter. It seems like our light won’t change anything or anyone. I’m here to remind you that your light could change the world. If not the whole world then maybe someones world. No matter how dark the world may be around us, if you decide to shine your light there is no amount of darkness that will ever overcome it. God called me to shine a light to those people on their smoke break. Little did I know that God would use them to shine a light in my life. We have so much to offer this world. Way too much for us to try to keep it to ourselves.
Shine your light. Maybe someone 30 miles away will see your light and they will shine a little bit of light right back at you. No matter what, I promise that you aren’t the only one shining light in the darkness and I hope that if you are needing some light you will see it soon. I hope that someone shines their light in your life this week. I hope that you shine your light in someones life this week.
Have you seen any light shine lately and if so, what was it?