My younger daughter spent a considerable amount of time (I am told) writing this note for me the other day. She was so obviously pleased with herself and her tiny correspondence that she met me at the front door and wriggled like Christmas morning as she told me where in the house to find the note. I located it and unfolded it, and then I tried with no little difficulty to decipher the orange-on-pink letters and associated accents. When she noticed my furrowed brow and squinting eyes, Lydia squealed, “No, Daddy–you have to hold it up to the light to read it!” So I followed her outside and was, in fact, able to (a little) more easily read the hand-written note in the bright afternoon sunlight.
Her note has caught my eye from my office windowsill a few times since that day and her cheerful “You have to hold it up to the light!” has come to mind every time. This has prompted me to reflect on her sage advice and its broad applications. So many things in our lives need to be “held up to the light,” so to speak, in order for them to grow and thrive. Our children need the love of a father and a mother to shine upon them. They need the bright light of truth and clear boundaries for their feet, and they crave the warmth of kind words and forgiveness. A wife flourishes in the light of her husband’s steadfast affection and his devotion to her needs and delights. Her petals radiate in the light of his attention and adoration, but whither or wander without it.
Conversely, when we find our hearts vining toward and becoming entangled with the pleasures and treasures of this fallen world, we are really rejecting the one true Light of the World. This exchange tries to shutter the truth of God and seeks to live in the darkness of lies that ultimately disappoint and destroy. “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:5-7
October 1, 2020