The other morning, I had some interesting thoughts while driving home after dropping the kids off at school. We were a happy car load on the way to school, singing and talking like normal. Some fairly strong storms had moved through in the wee hours before sunrise and everything was rain soaked. It was a beautiful morning by now; the sky had cleared completely and the wind had settled down, so our spirits were bright.
As I turned on to the outer road of the highway, heading towards the sunrise, it became blinding. It was like a whole new world had been exposed, and I wasn’t so sure I wanted any part of it. My beautiful, carefree morning, became harsh and uncomfortable. I reached for my sunglasses, only to find that they were left at home. Ugh. Guess I’ll just have to grin and bear it a few miles until I can turn and drive the other direction.
How could something so dark, like the black asphalt road, be so blindingly bright? I’ve been reading a lot in scripture about light and darkness, and the idea of John 1:5 came to mind. It says, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” This black as night road, accentuated black because of the rain, as we headed towards school was now so bright I could hardly stand it. It reflected into every aspect of the world around me.
It’s my understanding that in scripture, the Holy Spirit and water are kind of related. I love that. It brings such comfort to me for some reason; like it can wash you clean and quench a thirst. We had received plenty of rain the night before, which was causing this blinding reflection off of the asphalt. I imagined that the Holy Spirit had just poured down upon us, and the light of the sun was shining so brightly that no matter what, the darkness couldn’t even stand it.
It’s like when the Holy Spirit shines this heavenly flash light on portions of my life. Sometimes I want to run and hide, put on the sunglasses and just wait until the flash light shines on something or someone else. But when I do that, I miss the real gift the Holy Spirit is trying to provide; healing and wholeness. Instead of running for cover, what would happen if I just kept “driving”? The darkness will not overtake the light, that’s a promise from God.
Something else that came to mind is that we are called to be reflections of Christ, being transformed to reflect His love and light. 2 Corinthians 3:18 continues to be a theme over the past few months, I just love it so much and could go on and on. But, not now. “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (HCSB) That part about looking in a mirror, it means that we are being reflections of the glory of the Lord! The Holy Spirit showers us, and we get to grow and be transformed from one bit of glory to the next. That black-top road had been rained on, and reflected back a most blinding light that could not be ignored!
If we allow the Holy Spirit to have way in our life, it may be really uncomfortable. Especially when we experience some conviction. But it will overpower the darkness, as promised. It will bring much needed refreshment to the soul. It will cause new life to sprout up from places that we thought were dead, or shriveled up. Parts that maybe we had given up on. And then, we can’t help but reflect the love and light and joy within.
I may reach for my glasses, for safe driving, next time. But honestly, I want to soak up the light! That bit of pain or uncomfortableness is well worth it, because it fills me with light and love, and the remembrance to let the Holy Spirit’s love shine, even the dark places. Exposing my “uglies” so that I may be a pure vessel, reflecting that love back to others.
What is that spiritual flash light shining on for you right now? It can overpower the darkness it you let it, and it’s power source is love.