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Such a Small Gift . . . Or Is It?

I want to share a story. This is not my story, but from a friend who shared it with me and it is certainly worth passing

I was in Dollar Tree last night and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One kid was a big kid and one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks and the toddler was screaming for them so the mom opened the pack and gave him one, which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling, but then the bigger boy took it and the baby started screaming again. Just as the mom was about to fuss at the older child, he bent the glow stick and handed it back to the baby. As we walked outside at the same time, the baby noticed that the stick was now glowing, and his brother said, “I had to break it so you could get the full effect from it.” I almost could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”

The glow from a glow stick may not be the brightest light, but when it is glowing in the dark its light shines very bright. When God is living in us we may go through our days without noticing the “light” from within. It is when the times get really tough, the “dark,” that the God who lives in us can really shine bright. It is His light, not our own. Without Him there is only darkness.
John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.

How blessed we are to have this promise! There are 263 references to light in the Bible and here is the very first one:

Genesis 1:2-4
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was
hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the
light from the darkness.

Right after God created the heavens and the earth He called light into being!

Just like that glow stick, sometimes we may have to be “broken” in order for our light to shine. No matter the cause of our darkness, God’s light is the answer.

Father, thank you for not leaving us in the dark. Thank you for blessing us with the hope and promise that comes from being in your light! You, Jesus, are the Light of the world and that is all we need! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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