I’ve been pretty busy this week with school and work, but I thought I would take a minute from studying to share an image that’s been in my mind today.
With all the of the busyness this week I’ve been fully aware that my focus, devotion, and delight in the Lord can become distracted by good stuff. None of this stuff is truly worthy of the attention I should be giving to the Father, the Spirit and the Son. The image in my mind has been a small still candle surrounded by bright stadium lights. The manufactured light from the stadium lights drowns out the pure natural light of the candle. But when the stadium lights go out and you are surrounded by darkness with only the candle to see by, it becomes powerfully bright and the only way to navigate through the darkness.
From my experience, Jesus does not fight for our attention over the idols we make out of our luxuries. He demands our devotion, but he does not compete for it. I know for myself I often lose sight of the glory of Christ by focus on things with artificial glory and joy that do not provided true warmth to my soul. When the light bulbs of my artificial hope have burned out and I’m plunged into cold darkness, I’m forced to see the piercing warm light of the candle because it’s all I have left. Sometimes I need to turn off the stadium lights and focus on what is truly bright and truly warm, Jesus Christ my humbly powerful candle.
“It is a poor thing to strike our colors to God when the ship is going down under us; a poor thing to come to Him as a last resort, to offer up ‘our own’ when it is no longer worth keeping. If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms; but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer. He will have us even though we’ve shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is ‘nothing better’ left to be had.” – C.S. Lewis