A Higher Power

February 19, 2000

1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

The other day I moved around some furniture in a room, and in so doing I moved a lamp to a new location. I plugged it in, but when I went to turn the light on, the bottom part, which is a lower wattage, did not work. I had to turn the switch to see if the top part of the lamp would light, and it did.

I left the lamp for a couple of days, but I missed the softer glow. Finally I investigated the lamp, as I hadn't changed the bulb in some years. I located the bulb and took it out. It was one of those that you would use in a night-light. I wasn't sure if there was a spare around the house, so I took the bulb and held it up to the light of the window. I peered at the fragile filament in the bulb. I could see that the filament on one side was detached, but if I held it a certain way the filament fell into place. I thought about this, and thought that if I put the bulb carefully back into the lamp and the filament fell the right way, it would possibly light.

I was right. It did light, but if I touched the lamp it would dislodge the filament and the light would go out. I will have to replace the light bulb, as it is too fragile and I can't depend on it.

I wonder if this is how God sometimes sees us. Are we too fragile in our faith? Are we satisfied if the light in our life is there only sometimes?

Do we need to take the time and replace the light of our faith? We all need that little faith to depend on — our faith in God. We need to go to a higher power so that our little faith (like the grain of a mustard seed) will shine throughout our lives. If we don't go to the higher power, we will be left to struggle in the darkness. We must choose to have that little light so that our faith may grow.

1 Peter 2:9 – That you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV)

Prayer: God, don't let us depend on a fragile faith when we can come to you — the highest power — and receive the light we need to lead us through the darkness. Amen.

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Anne Russell <annerussell80@gmail.com>
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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