I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. -John 12:46
One of the strongest images of standing strong in the storm is the lighthouse. In the era before radar, satellite navigation and GPS systems, lighthouses were vital to protect ships from crashing onto rocks, shoals and shores. Building lighthouses can be considered one of man’s most noble endeavors. Since the beginning of seafaring p, family and friends have lit bonfires at night to guide sailers home.
“I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouses. They were built only to serve” – George Bernard
Lighthouses were built to shine.
Jesus used this imagery of light to describe our role in His kingdom. We are the light of the world. He said after claiming Himself to be the true light. Therefore we should function much like a lighthouse, both internally and externally.
The first design for a lighthouse is the internal function of generating light. Early lighthouses used a literal fire that had to be constantly fed and watched. Later electric lights were utilized and ultimately laser lights. But this light still has to be internally projected.
So we too as followers of Jesus project internal light, the outer expression of the inner life under the control of the Holy Spirit.
The other aspect of a modern lighthouse is that it also is an external reflector. Over the years of improvements, revolving lenses have been developed to reflect that internally generated light further into the darkness.
As the moon reflects the light of the sun, so we should reflect the ,Ishtar of the Son in a world of darkness.
Lighthouses remind me of God’s love. Like the bright shining beam of a lighthouse. He love reaches out…piercing through the darkness of any storm.
“You are like the light of the world. A city set on a hill that cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put in 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.