Tuesday, February 22, 2005

sharing something inspirational

I get these devotionals in my e-mail from the Pupose-Driven Life website, where I signed up.  For some reason, I especially like this one, and want to share it.  (I certainly hope I'm not infringing on a copyright here.  LOL)

We’ll Leave the Light On for Ya’
by John Fischer

Carol, a regular reader of these devotions, sent me her story of an encounter with a homeless man outside of Union Station in Washington D.C., who was mumbling and talking incoherently to no one in particular. As she described it, it was rush hour, and streams of people approaching him on the crosswalk would quickly avert their eyes, look to the ground, and step up their pace as they passed him by. “As I got close to him,” Carol related, “I started to look away and he suddenly whirled around and looked straight up into my face. His face softened, and he smiled and pointed to me and said, ‘Now, that… that is an angel!’”

Now there could be many theories as to what was really going on here, from a schizophrenic with insight to a demon-possessed man who recognized Christ in her, but the point here is that she had an effect on this person without doing or saying anything.

And not only that, the experience had an effect on her. She went on to remark: “The most amazing part of it for me was, I was really depressed that day and the last thing I imagined anyone would see in me was Light.”

Don’t ever underestimate yourself when Christ is living inside you. No matter what is happening to you, God has his own agenda He is working out in your life, and He may or may not inform you about it. No matter. He’s got plans, and He’s got purposes, and He’s got you. That’s a powerful combination.

You’re for real. Your faith is for real. God and His angels and demons are for real. There is a lot happening with our daily routine that is anything but routine. Wake up to this: You have a mission right where you are; your mission is to go through your day believing. And don’t let a little depression stop you, because God’s got something going on anyway. Carol’s story gives us just a little glimpse of this: God’s purposes are always at work in us. God’s got a light on, and other people can see it even when we can’t.

“But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is, in our weak bodies. So everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT).

So regardless of what is happening to you, leave the light on for someone else. God may just have something to say, even when you think you don’t.


ksquester said...

I absolutely love this entry MO........It has made my day!   Anne

tendernoggle said...

This was so beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

lowis6535 said...

LOVED THE ENTRY; I have found how important this is:
"If you are praying for guidance ... are you LISTENING?"