Imagine a window…no make that a sliding glass door. Have one pictured? Now, what type of window treating is on it?
Heavy light blocking curtain…or maybe not that heavy of a light blocking curtain? Or is it those slat things…the ones that clatter, sway, gap open…and all sorts of fun stuff? Maybe it’s a basic curtain…fabric with no unique properties? Perhaps it’s a sheer curtain?
I’m certain there are more curtains than I accounted for, but we’ll leave it there. To continue this exercise, imagine how much light shows through at the brightest moment of the day, how about the night? Does your light-blocker work well? Do the slats let light dance through around the edges? How much glows through the fabric? How effective is the sheer?
Why am I asking all these questions about curtains?
Comes down to me, hanging a new curtain in our kitchen, stepping back and wondering…what kind of curtain am I?
Do I block God out…not letting His light in? Do I work to control it by simply opening it a little (thinking about those vertical blinds and how you can swivel the slats to varying degrees of open – or closed depending on your point of view.) Maybe I’m a “typical” curtain…His light appears in…muted, diffused, and partly blocked. Or am I a sheer…most of it shines through – depending on the color of the sheer it may alter the hue, but most of the light shows through.
Then there’s another view…what does it look like from the outside. Imagine it’s night…and you have the lights on in your house…how much light shines over your deck (I’m setting the scene…so it’s a deck on the other side of your door.)
Again, what kind of curtain am I? Does my light shine into the darkness? Is it filtered? Diminished?
Some of us switch out curtains. Sheer when the light comes in, but light-blocking when it’s our turn to shine. Maybe we don’t switch…we just throw the curtain open to get some light in, then close up at night. (Yes, I’m stretching the analogy a bit.)
Surrender to God – the key to letting the light wash all over me. And letting my light shine out to the world…and a song comes to mind.
This little light of mine
I’m gonna let it shine…
And a passage…
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. [Matthew 5:14-16 ESV]
Thinking about it…maybe I need to rip the curtains down and let God be God, in me…and stop trying to ‘filter’ Him.
For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light [Ephesians 5:8 ESV]
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. [2 Corinthians 4:6-7 ESV]
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. [Philippians 2:14-16 ESV]