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Fireworks for the Soul

July 9, 2012

July 4, 2012 Edmonds, WA

For over an hour, we sat and watched fireworks across the horizon on the 4th of July. From neighborhood mini-works popping in the background to show stopping maxi-works with their thunderous concussions in the distance, the view was delightful.

When we started watching about 9:30, the twilight was still with us. The mountains provided a silhouetted backdrop as the show began. Gradually, the mountainous skyline gave way to darkness and fireworks were the only thing you could see.

Fireworks are spectacular and awe inspiring, a fun outing to share oohs and ahs with friends. Fireworks are best in the dark. Even the neighborhood sparkler is more dramatic in the dark. The darkness brings out the best of the show. I’m not aware of any noon time fireworks. However, those preparing for the show set up in the light of day.

The same principle is at work in our lives. Sometimes the darkness of life, grief, fatigue, or despair falls over our souls. It seems hard to find the meaning of staying put, let alone trying to forge ahead. Into such darkness, the hope of Eternity shines more brightly. It takes but a small spark of hope to renew our strength. God’s still small voice may come in a word from scripture, a time of quiet meditation, or an encouraging word from a friend. But in the darkest hour of the soul, a small glimmer of hope can be as powerful as the grand finale of the fireworks show.

One of God’s first creative acts of was to bring light out of darkness. The apostle Paul says this same light shines in our lives today. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. (2 Corinthians 4:6, The Message).

If you find yourself in a time of personal darkness, ask God to bring the light of hope into your life. This light show gives us the opportunity to declare our independence from the darkness the evil one would like to cast over our souls. The good news is that this Light is just as awe inspiring at mid-day as it is at mid-night. May the Light of the World inspire you every day.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Assink, all rights reserved.

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