On Lamps and Such

“You light a lamp for me. The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:28‬ ‭

I love sunsets.

Sunsets through a magical canopy of lacy frost?

*contented sigh*

The glow of this particular sunset was so dazzling that I stopped and held up my hands in worship. I stared. I snapped photos.

I thought of lamps and such.

A lamp.

A lovely invention, really.

So handy when reading in a cosy corner. So illuminating when trying to find the outdoor biffy in an unfamiliar campground at night. So comforting in a dark room.

A lamp lit by God Himself?

Only a sunset can create that magical glow in a forest canopy.

Only God can create that stunning glow in a person’s life.

“For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭36:9‬ ‭

Do things look dark for you right now?

I’ve been there.

I’ve been in a place so dark, I prayed daily for months to die.

It’s not that I wanted to die per se.

Living just hurt so badly…

I looked behind, and saw pain. I looked around, and the pain crushed me. I looked ahead and saw no end to the gut-gripping, excruciating pain.

I didn’t know if I had the strength to walk one more day into the hurt and confusion and chaos and I got tired.

So tired.

So, so tired of carrying that burden.

It was just a glimmer at first – a hint of light on the horizon that came when I leaned into the Word of God and dared believe that He cared about my suffering soul.

That glimmer was enough.

Enough to walk on, take one more step into facing the truth of abuse in my last. Enough to deliberately keep walking into the pain in order to root out the toxic slime and learn to deal with the physical, mental, and emotional fallout of someone else’s sin.

Because the day came when the lamp was lit and the Light of God soothed the aches and scars and shone on the healing path.

I still have a long way to go. I still have dark places that need the touch and restoration of the Light of the World.

But oh, the beauty of that light, that glorious lamp of God’s presence that lights the way! And oh, the hope and healing in that Presence!

You need a lamp.

We all do.

We all have a healing journey ahead of us. We all have battle scars. We all need light.

See Jesus as ‘the light by which we see’ with me?

Father, how we need the light of Your love and grace and healing! Thank You for the miracle of healing You have performed and continue to perform in my own life. Bless all who read these words with the Light of Your presence today. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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