This Little Light of Mine …

This little light of mine,  I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine,  I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine …
 

In dark times; in the midst of turmoil; in confusion and uncertainty …

I’m gonna let it shine 

In a world filled with sorrow and pain; in the midst of hopelessness and loss; amongst the depraved and the despondent …

I’m gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel – no! I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel – no! I’m gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel – no! I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine …
 

When it’s easier to check out; when I want to put my head in the sand; when it’s tempting to run …

I’m gonna let it shine

When I feel inadequate; when I’m tired and would rather not bother; when self-preservation sounds like a good idea  …

I’m gonna let it shine 

Don’t let Satan snuff it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan snuff it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Don’t let Satan snuff it out, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine  
 

When I think I’m not making a difference;  when there are too many needs and not enough hands; when fear surrounds me …

I’m gonna let it shine

When evil threatens to overwhelm good; when I’m bruised and bloody from the battle; when I don’t think my heart can take anymore …

I’m gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine …

A few years back as I was praying, I was drawn up into the light of heaven. I began to intercede and cried out, “Lord, bring the light to Israel …!”  but he stopped me and said, No, you bring the light to Israel!   I cried out again, “Lord, bring the light to Thailand …” but he interrupted again, No, you bring the light to Thailand!

I wonder how many prayers  will never be answered because he has already commissioned us to be the answer?

So often we view the injustice of the world and say “God do something!”  But he already did do something –he paid the price for all iniquity and injustice.  He left us as ambassadors of his kingdom–a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy. He sent his own Spirit to dwell inside of us and left all power and authority at our disposal. 

Why aren’t we  doing something?

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men to do nothing.” –Edmund Burke.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others …” (Matt.5:14-16).

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine …


4 thoughts on “This Little Light of Mine …

  1. Wow. You just took a seemingly simple children’s song and put serious meat on the bone…as it (I’m sure) was originally intended to be understood.
    …and that quote from Edmund Burke gets me every time…

  2. I wonder how many prayers will never be answered because he has already commissioned us to be the answer?

    I am more convinced than ever of the need to GO! Why do we keep asking? Thank you friend for the reminder. Miss you much!!

  3. Great reminder Cindy ~ A few years ago, when in a store that I don’t usually shop at because of its questionable and offensive content, I was having a bad attitude (judgemental and critical) about being there and couldn’t wait to leave, when all of a sudden Father God spoke to my heart so clearly, revealing to me to ask His presence to come into that dark place. I got so excited – it was like a light bulb clicked on! He was showing me that we are not to avoid the evil, but to be vessels that bring His very beautiful and amazing presence into those places; illuminating it with His glory, which brings His hope, peace and love. He is so amazing and His ways are definitely not our ways (Until He changes our mind!).

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