Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Light Switch Keeper

This post was originally published last year. I thought it was a good one to think about on a Sunday!

I have been thinking a lot lately about the light that Christ is or can be in our lives. I love the analogy of righteousness, goodness and light being like the Son of God and the darkness being likened to bad things, wickedness and evil~all the things that lead us away from righteous living. In fact, for me it is far more than an analogy it is a startling reality. I love that the sun and the Son provide us with all that we need to sustain life, here in mortality and in the eternities. I love that we have our agency to choose between light and darkness in every situation.

Over the weekend we attended our stake conference on Sunday. We met in Oakland on Temple Hill and enjoyed great teachings from our leaders. We enjoyed the spirit we felt and the common foundation we shared with the hundreds of others in attendance. It was just so inspiring and one of the speakers discussed the dichotomy of light and darkness and how we control the light switch in our own lives. It was so in line with my thoughts recently and I loved it and how it applies to everything.

Often times we feel victimized by the events in our lives. Once we start to feel we have no control we begin on the downward spiral into the darkness. Our agency should bring us great joy. It is true that we cannot prevent some of the 'not so wonderful' things that happen to us, but the way we choose to react is where the power of the light lies. By being reactionary we allow ourselves to be dragged down into a pit, we allow ourselves to venture into the darkness created by fear, anger, and hopelessness. By choosing faith in the Son, we feel of the warmth of his love, his reassurance that we are not alone, and his pure light. The reality is we control the light switch.

I have some good friends that lost a sister at 17 in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. The five remaining sisters took this loss very hard and each suffered greatly. Years later one of the sisters, then the mother of six small children, was devastated when a police officer appeared at her door to inform her that her husband had been killed in an accident. My friend told me that immediately she felt that old familiar feeling of when her sister was taken so unexpectedly. She told me that the first thing she did this time was fall on her knees and plead with the Lord to help her view this with different eyes, to have the strength to carry on, etc. She testified to me how much this changed this loss of someone she loved so deeply. This experience of my friend, Karen, really changed my life and I try to always remember it.

I have thought of this example of someone who acted proactively, she reached through the darkness into the light. She controlled the light switch and made a conscience decision to choose the light. By going towards the light she was able to find the silver lining in her experiences and she successfully went on with her life being filled with faith and knowing that she was not alone. Of course she had her difficult days, but she decided to remain in the light. This gift of agency to choose that option, is as powerful as the faith that has sustained her all of these years. And I believe that faith goes much farther than just having a positive attitude. Faith allows us to literally draw on the powers of heaven.

When I face difficult challenges in my life I try to remember my friend's example, I try to go to the edge of the darkness, reach out and take the Lord's hand. I have always found it to be there. He waits there lovingly and patiently until I am ready to flip the switch and then I am filled with his light. When I look up, he reaches down and pulls me up.

Greg Olson~Artist
We each have our own switch and they all work the same way. Up is for the light and down is for the lack of it. The more we switch it on the easier it gets. The more it is on, the sweeter all of life's experiences get, even the not so wonderful ones. In the light they take on a different perspective. Bathed in the illuminating light of his love we can see the blessing of even the most wretched things. Although we don't seek out those times, when they come, if we turn the light on, we can see more clearly and learn from them.

It is a powerful reality that we do, indeed, have the choice to make decisions as to how the course of things will go for us in those exact moments. I cannot think of a single incidence when this practice does not or would not apply. No matter how overwhelming, no matter how small. Hold on to the light switch for dear life!


Nellie's Cozy place said...

what an excellent and truthful post.
That was so neat what you shared about your dear friend. What a wise woman of God. Makin this short cause am typing left handed cause my neck and pinched nerve are acting up, and typing really irritates it!
Have a Sweet week ahead hon,
Love ya ,Nellie

Sister Susie said...

Isn't it awesome, to know the Light has always existed before the sun was created! For He is the Light. I've also thought (concerning His Light) in the New Heaven and New Earth His Light won't even allow as much as a faint shadow!

Our control of the Light is putting, having, and maintaining our full Trust in His direction for our lives. This is God's goal for us to become more like Christ in our walk with Him daily. In the night, I have rolled over realizing I had been in prayer to Him!

It's really hard for some to Trust "that all things work to the good for those that love the LORD." It is so much harder for those who have loss so quickly as those who have loved ones living in agony for a year or more. This is what happened with my dad. He lived 13 months with pancreatic cancer; but what a Heavenly experience as the LORD let us experience his passing into Heaven. When it was his time, his eyes had become blind to things around him. As the water poured out through his skin, his voice expressed, "Look out! Here they come!" He began counting faster and faster with his head jerking from side to side at the descending angels as though they were going to collide with him. When Heaven opened up in full to him, the Pure LIGHT of Glory sparkled in his eyes like glistening diamonds! He was about to say something when his words were hushed by turning to a squeal of excitement as does a baby when seeing his mom coming in to free him from his crib. He pushed us away from him and wanted no more of our earthly touching as though it would keep him "from his prize"...being in the presence of God.

It is as fresh in my memory today as it was when it happened 19 years ago!

God's Light, may it always be our goal for everything we do or what happens to us in our lives.

Blessings to you and yours,