Wednesday, August 31, 2016

About Light...

A few days ago, I got busy caring for some very old and very precious wooden shoes.
Here they are
As I sprayed the protective layer over the painted surfaces, I noticed how much depth the coating gave. The colors jumped to life as the pattern came into focus. There was such beauty in that clarity... 

Yet the little wooden shoes hadn't changed, they were just covered in reflective light. How I saw them had changed. 

Remembering how wax and oil products were used for this purpose, my heart began to lift off. So as the little shoes lay drying, I rushed over to the Old Testament for references on Oil which, I was taught and still believe, is an emblem of the Holy Spirit in Scripture.

In Biblical times, various forms of oil were used to cleanse, nourish, protect, beautify and give light. My heart soared as I read the words of Psalm 36:9 (NLT): 

"For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see"

and again in Isaiah 61:3 (ESV)

" give them.... the oil of joy for mourning..."

knowing God's aim Ecclesiastes 3:9 

"He has made everything beautiful in its time..."

The lesson was clear: as we give ourselves to Him (actively -but that is another page) as we allow Him to shed His light on us (nothing is hidden from his light - going right to our hearts), inspect us (I see the God initiated process of repentance - even for so-called small things), as we allow Him to cover us (because we have run to Jesus), He cleanses us (yes, yes!), He protects us (thank you LORD) and even beautifies us (He is a miracle worker). 

All things point to it that God is good.

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