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Stand and Shine

I was driving in the milky underworld of fog this week when I noticed the lights: globe lights, and head lights, lights atop lampposts behind panes of glass. They must have been there every other day that I drove that road, but I had never noticed them. They were suddenly essential, the only things that seemed certain.

Like the sea floor in an ocean of skim milk, every upraised tree branch, every fuzzy car, every indistinct intersection, seemed to have been claimed by a grayscale palette. When I got close to the place I needed to turn, I clutched the wheel and strained my eyes, because my alien surroundings made me afraid I would pass the road. Gone was the sense of endless sky or massive clouds or hillsides of buildings or trees. The ceiling on our worlds had lowered, the walls had imploded, and we, accustomed to wide range, were now looking at the sides of a snow-covered aquarium.

I’ve been in places like this in my life… places where the fog of depression or anger or envy or doubts descends and the scenery suddenly seems unfamiliar. I’ve clutched steering wheels of the heart and slowed my speed and strained my eyes just to find out where I am.

But in those cases, just as on Jackson Street this Thursday, the things that saved me were the lights. The darker the thing I was going through, the more I remember the strong people nearby, who grew brighter with each deepening shade of fog and appeared to be the only certainty.

I guess you don’t notice lights much when the sun is shining. But darkness always comes in everyone’s life, and they will be looking, without doubt, for the bright things around them. Life can be fun, but it’s never a joke. If you are living quietly like Christ, you never know who’s watching you and staying safer, even if they never admit it. You may never know whose scenery you clarified, whose perspective you balanced, or who sighed with a relief to see you were there, standing, shining.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Note: photos are from our honeymoon in South Texas. It snowed when we were there, for the third time in about 130 years. How’s that for darkness?! But we loved it anyway.

15 Responses to Stand and Shine

  1. Mary H February 17, 2018 at 6:39 pm #

    Thank God for the lights!! No matter how dim, they are so encouraging when the fog seems so thick. Thanks for another well written post!

    • 500Admin February 17, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

      Thanks for the encouragement Mary.

  2. Kelsie February 17, 2018 at 8:29 pm #

    Cute pictures at the end. Such a good reminder about being a light and being thankful for the lights around us. ❤

    • 500Admin February 17, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

      Thanks for your kind words Kelsie.

  3. Doris February 17, 2018 at 11:29 pm #

    So thankful for each of those “lights” in my life. And way too many I have never thanked….

    • 500Admin February 17, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

      So true… I’m sure I have failed to thank many as well.

  4. Aurelia February 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

    I needed this reminder to be a strong, steady light.

    • 500Admin February 18, 2018 at 5:23 pm #

      I needed it too! I love nature lessons. Thanks for your comment.

  5. Mrs L February 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm #

    I love your way with words and the mental pictures I was able to “draw”.
    I especially liked ” If you are living quietly like Christ, you never know who’s watching you and staying safer, even if they never admit it. You may never know whose scenery you clarified, whose perspective you balanced, or who sighed with a relief to see you were there, standing, shining.” Very thought provoking. And encouraging; there is a place for everyone. Also a reminder to be faithful even when we think no one is watching. And yes, a reminder to me to thank the “lights” in my life. This made me think of the song, “Go Light Your World”.
    Thanks!

    • 500Admin February 18, 2018 at 10:40 pm #

      Great song! Thanks for your encouragement.

  6. Angie February 19, 2018 at 12:24 am #

    Katrina,
    I love how you bring so many life lessons out of your everyday living. Maybe that should be a goal of mine… learning from the “little” things that happen every day. I love this… I love you… and I love the pics. 😉😍
    Ang

    • 500Admin February 19, 2018 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks Ang… hope your last day in the sun is great!

  7. Melody February 19, 2018 at 1:16 am #

    Well-written, Katrina. So true, and put together excellently. Thank you for your faithfulness in writing!

  8. Melody February 19, 2018 at 1:47 am #

    Well written, Katrina! So true. I like the vivid pictures you painted. And thanks for YOUR faithfulness in writing!

    • 500Admin February 19, 2018 at 10:57 am #

      Thanks Melody. I appreciate that comment about faithfulness. It is necessary!